By this question, I assume you are asking about shocks and impacts - and how they would affect the machine. You never gave the specs on the machine you are planning to install - whether it's a desktop with a 7200 RPM HDD, a laptop with a HDD that has a higher shock/impact that it can take, etc...Originally Posted by Bigmaxxin
I have only used a full size PC, with a 80 GB 7200 RPM HDD. I've never had a problem with the drive failing due to shock or impacts. One thing you may want to keep in mind is to mount the hard drive or machine so that your HDD is on it's side.
This has been a subject of debate. The basic idea is that if the HDD is on it's side and takes a big vertical shock, the heads won't smash into the plates and kill the hard drive.
I've tried both methods and haven't run into any problems yet. I'm going on 2 years on the same HDD (listed above) without any problems. No bad sectors, no errors, etc.
Something to keep in mind.