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    Post on the subject of HDD damage....

    this is on a hard drive sitting next to me

    "WARNING
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    HEAD/DISC DAMAGE MAY OCCUR.
    PRODUCT WARRANTY WILL BE VOID IF LABEL
    OR TOP COVER IS REMOVED OR IF DRIVE
    EXPERIENCES SHOCK IN EXCESS OF 60 G'S"

    now, who was worried about shock?
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    So now,
    How big does the pothole have to be to reach 60G's?
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    A drop would exceed that, its just no sustained so it doesn't seem as strong as it really is.
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    I wonder if that's spinning or not..heh

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    Contrary to what you might think,

    the continual light vibration the hard drive experiences in the car is more likely to cause damage then dropping it once.

    But, I've had my HD in the car for almost a year now, no problems at all, and thats through 1 canadian winter as well.

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    Given a big enough pothole, I think you can get over 60 G's. Hell, back in Moscow I've hit potholes hard enough to bend a wheel rim. Drop something on a hard floor from 2' up, that's over 60 G's too. Remember, G is not how fast you go, G is how fast you stop.

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    That's why you have to shock mount it. I have and it is the only way. My drive handled gravel roads without dramas, and even had someone run up the back of the car at 60km/h when I was doing 0. The car was recked, but the tunes kept cranking. That was 2 years ago. So boys I wouldn't really worry too much. If you take a little care in mounting it, you can't go wrong. Also don't wrap it on bubble wrap or similar, HDD die from heat more than shock. Use rubber gromets and it solves the heat problem as well as providing (I reckon) the best shock absorbing for HDDs.

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    currently I have mine mounted on four RC car plastic springs on the bottom, two strips of weather proofing foam on top and some padding on each sides to keep it from swaying side to side. I haven't had mine running for all that long, but I've gone over some bad potholes and various road vibrations with no problems. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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    Its as simple as this.
    1) If it is not mounted correctly and i mean CORRECTLY it will DIE.
    2) If it is covered/wrapped in something, it will DIE.

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    isn't the issue of weather or not covering the hard drive with some type of material a matter of how fast it's spinning? I know that overtime it won't matter how fast it's spinning and depend on how long it's been spinning, but wouldn't you have the same effects if your hard drive was stuffed into a small case with little to no circulation?

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