Harddrive - Vertical or Horizontal
I saw an earlier thread discussing the question of whether hard drives are safer in a car mounted vertically or horizontally. There were strong opinions on both sides of the question. So I thought I would go directly to the source and ask Western Digital, my HD manufacturer, the question. Here is their response:
"As to whether or not the drive is mounted vertically or horizontally, no problem either way. Mounting a drive in a computer system in a car is probably going to be short-lived at best, however. The drives simply are not designed to handle the kind of shock that you will see in this type of environment. You may be able to configure something to lessen the shock to the drive, but this is something I certainly don't recommend doing; it's not so much the risk of failure with the drive but rather the matter of when it does. There are MP3 decks that you can mount in a normal car stereo slot available now; also, you can use a portable MP3 player like a Nomad or RIO plugged into an input jack on most newer car stereos. Either of these would be far more preferrable to using a computer in the trunk, and much more reliable."
I fully realize that this guy may not know what he's talking about and is simply towing the company line. In my post, though, I indicated that I'm willing to take the risk of hard drive crash, but want to minimize it so would like to know if mounting position makes a difference.
Other than placing my HD on some foam rubber I have not taken any special precautions to protect it. I've been using it in my car for about a week now and it hasn't even skipped. I'm curious as to the experience others in the group have had with respect to hard drive durability.
P.S.I'd like to see a Diamond Rio or Nomad store the 7,200 MP3s I'm currently playing in my car. Some people just don't get the MP3car concept http://www.mp3car.com/ubb/smile.gif