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    A Quick(ly answered) Question about Hard Drives

    I have tons of spare IDE 3.5" hard drives laying around my home. I installed one of these in my car and it seems to be fine so far, but then again it hasn't really gotten a real road test yet.

    I'm suspecting after a little while I'm going to start getting BSOD's.

    Do I need a laptop hard drive, or is it *just a good idea*? What is the likelihood of me killing this drive?

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    All drives die eventually. But the 3.5" drives have proven to be remarkably resilient in automobile use. If you have tons laying around, go ahead and use it.
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    I was planning on using a 250GB hard drive so I could store lots of music and movies on it. If there's a high chance of killing it, I'd much rather spend 100 bucks on a laptop hard drive, and throw this one in my file server.

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    I've been running nothing but full size HDDs in my car for 4 years. I've never once had one die on me.

    A quick search will yield a TON of discussions about this very topic on this forum. A number of people claim bad results with full size as do a number of people claim bad results with laptop drives.

    Use your full size drives and save some money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
    I've been running nothing but full size HDDs in my car for 4 years. I've never once had one die on me.

    A quick search will yield a TON of discussions about this very topic on this forum. A number of people claim bad results with full size as do a number of people claim bad results with laptop drives.

    Use your full size drives and save some money.
    After long term and extensive use, my experience is that drives last anywhere from 2000 to 6000 hours of on-road use...that means I replace one (of 7 installed) drives about every 3 to 4 months. With everything backed up, and all the drives having a 3 to 5 year warranty, all it costs me is a few minutes of time to replace the drive and a couple hours copying the files back to the new drive.

    I keep a backup drive on-hand that I can just copy info to when I start noticing problems (I check eventviewer at least once a day). If you catch it in time, you can actually get all the info off the suspect drive before it dies completely rather than using your backup (tape or cd's usually). Watch event viewer for disk errors in SYSTEM...more than two or three in a given day means you got problems.

    This method has only failed me twice (once when more than one drive died at the same time, a fluke...and another time when the drive died before I could get the info off, meant a day and a half of copying off my backup dvds)

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    Here's a link
    http://www.pexagontech.com/products/...ard-drives.php

    I really like Pexagon's thumb drives (they come engraved for free...)

    The 320gb for $110 seems pretty good price for a b/u drive at $0.34 per gig, huh?

    I'm running a desktop pc in my ride with HD mounted vertically - guy at mp3car said that seems to be a "best" mounting arrangement.
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