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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuriy
    I'm assuming it's either #2 or #1, right?
    I wouldn't place the drive in position 1, thats when the heads could crash with bumps. You would be much better off placing the drive in position 2 or 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro-A4
    I wouldn't place the drive in position 1, thats when the heads could crash with bumps. You would be much better off placing the drive in position 2 or 3.
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    The best way to place the disk is number #2

    I have see many big disk system and the disk is in vertical as number 2

    and best disk to use in car 2.5 inch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuriy
    So, just to make sure, by "facing wheels", which one do you mean?
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    I'm assuming it's either #2 or #1, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuriy
    So, just to make sure, by "facing wheels", which one do you mean?

    #2


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    I'm assuming it's either #2 or #1, right?
    I would say #2 or #3, most shocks the HD will take in a car are going to be in the vertical plane (pot holes and so on). I imagine you'd want a situation where the force causes the read/write arm in the HD to move across the platters (like a record player does when its playing - remember those ) rather than have it hit the platters (like a record player would if you just dropped the needle onto the record). Don't know if I'm (a) correct or (b) explaining myself very well

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14500rpm
    I would say #2 or #3, most shocks the HD will take in a car are going to be in the vertical plane (pot holes and so on). I imagine you'd want a situation where the force causes the read/write arm in the HD to move across the platters (like a record player does when its playing - remember those ) rather than have it hit the platters (like a record player would if you just dropped the needle onto the record). Don't know if I'm (a) correct or (b) explaining myself very well
    Yeah, definately agree with you - exactly the same theory as mine. You don't want the head to 'scratch' the delicate magnetic surface of the disk - therefore by mounting it in #2/#3 it shouldn't (unless you spin off a corner and wrap your car's side round a lamppost
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    hi,

    Mine is close to the #3, I just have the IDE connector to the bottom. Thought that if the hit is to strong I prefer that the arm goes to is resting position instead of the centre of the platters. But not sure if makes a difference.

    But also a Seagate 5400. Is this a pattern or is just that these drives are cheap

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    Just to be controversial, mine is in position #1. It's been like that for 4 1/2 years. It's a 2.5" drive mounted on rubber grommits, and my cars suspension is quite hard. I'm still on the same drive as I started out with, a 6.5Gb Hitachi.
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    #1 is what I also have on my 2.5" one.
    Thanks for all the replies! I'll do a full surface check and then a low-level format to be completely confident before putting my mp3s on the drive. Then I'll wrap the enclosure in "bubble plastic" and put it into pos. #2. That should do the trick.. I hope.
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    I don't think you should wrap the drive in bubble plastic for the reason stated already, heat. You might want to use rubber stands, this may help reduce some of the vibration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravellir
    I prefer that the arm goes to is resting position instead of the centre of the platters.
    Some drives park at the center of the platter.

    There should be a maximum acceptable limit for bad sectors, 12MB should be well beyond that limit. I would insist on it being replaced.
    As far as low level formatting, in my experience this isn't very helpful. If the sectors are seen as bad, they will be removed from the table and 'extra' sectors put into use to replace them, but there aren't that many extras, so you will still have bad sectors marked. I have seen low level formats mark bad sectors as good again, then later have problems and scandisk finds them bad again.
    I agree with the others that you should not wrap the drive in bubble wrap. I've seen heat kill a lot of drives.

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