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    Hard drive orientation / positioning

    Hi All

    here is a question i think i know the answer to, but need to confirm it...
    I have a 3.5" harddrive which is going into my car pc.
    However, i need to mount it into a box with the mini-itx board etc, and need to know whether it should be horizontal, or vertical (same as car wheels).
    I believe the best way is for vertical, but i dont really have enough space to do that in the box i want to use.

    How much success has everyone had using horizontal mounted drives? Whats the best option? Would it be ok if it was horizontal?
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    By the way, i DID search and came up with mixed arguements. I am using a 20gig samsung 3.5" hdd as I dont have enough money for a new one!
    Cheers

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    I have had mine mounted vertically (standing up lengthwise, with connectors on the top), with the HDD platters oriented the same direction as the wheels, with no problems for about 2 weeks now.
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    I've been running vertically for a couple months along with another friend without no issues. I suppose if your mounting the carpc in the cabin area and you have a car with "soft" shock/spring package, you should be alright going horizontal, but definitely more prone to damage imo over bumps.

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    No magic answer, this is almost a thoelogical topic. Mine is horizontal for more than 5 years now same drive several car wrecks no trouble and no special shock mounting.

    Some will say I am crazy or tempting the fates ;0
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    It shouldn't really matter.. Hard disks are tested up to 40G, that's 4 times greater than what a human can take. A pot hole in the road isn't going to cause damage to the disk. I've pulled hard disks out of fires, laptops that have been dropped down flights of stairs and they've still worked.

    End of the day, Hard disks are far more robust that you may think..

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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckinMP3
    several car wrecks no trouble and no special shock mounting.
    TruckinMP3, maybe you should take out the carputer, or maybe you should just get a bigger screen!

    j/k I know you have a 14" in there
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    Yeah, the strange thing is that all of them hit me!, I am getting tired of stupid drivers with no insurance .
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    I feel your pain!
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