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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketSled View Post
    I didn't mean to imply that you would have problems, only that if you're looking maximize your HDD's reliability, vertical is better.

    That being said, if you've had a laptop 2.5" HDD in your car for the last 7 years, you're doing *really* well. That's far beyond the design-life of the HDD, especially given it's operating in a much harsher-than-normal environment!

    Um.... My desktop drive has been in service at least that long.... in the car, horizontal and in car wrecks that bent 2 frames.
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    In my Jeep I should place my HDD vertically as I'm going to do some extreme rallying, those rubber protections would also help, now I just have to look for them. I know this is offtopic but are motherboards and other internal components also prone to damage by vibration?

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    As it has been said over and over again:
    The orieentation of the HDD is not so important as secure mounting.

    The debate over horizontal vs vertical mounting will rage on until solid state drives become cheap enough for the average joe hobbyist to purchase.

    ANYTHING is prone to damage from vibration. It all depends on the intensity of the vibration.
    With a motherboard, lots of vibrations can cause components to come loose and render the board unusable.
    It's not likely that the vibrations in a vehicle would be strong or intense enough to cause damage to a motherboard. The more likely scenario is a heatsing/fan coming loose causing an overheating issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    As it has been said over and over again:
    The orieentation of the HDD is not so important as secure mounting.

    The debate over horizontal vs vertical mounting will rage on until solid state drives become cheap enough for the average joe hobbyist to purchase.

    ANYTHING is prone to damage from vibration. It all depends on the intensity of the vibration.
    With a motherboard, lots of vibrations can cause components to come loose and render the board unusable.
    It's not likely that the vibrations in a vehicle would be strong or intense enough to cause damage to a motherboard. The more likely scenario is a heatsing/fan coming loose causing an overheating issue.
    do you think rubber sheets could dissipate this type of vibration? I understand that there might not be that much vibration in a car, but in case of a harsh braking, do you think it would be useful?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eagleslayor View Post
    do you think rubber sheets could dissipate this type of vibration? I understand that there might not be that much vibration in a car, but in case of a harsh braking, do you think it would be useful?
    For what it's worth, I've had hard drives sitting in regular computers in my trunk for about eight years. I have bounced around, stopped hard, had them in the hot and cold and everything else you can imagine. I have done nothing to protect them and have never had any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbreeden View Post
    For what it's worth, I've had hard drives sitting in regular computers in my trunk for about eight years. I have bounced around, stopped hard, had them in the hot and cold and everything else you can imagine. I have done nothing to protect them and have never had any problems.
    That sounds dangerous...I'm scared as this is my first carputer and I don't want to mess up

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    Quote Originally Posted by eagleslayor View Post
    That sounds dangerous...I'm scared as this is my first carputer and I don't want to mess up
    I think people worry way too much about this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbreeden View Post
    I think people worry way too much about this issue.
    About the durability of PC parts, yes. Unsecured loads.... They can do very strange things
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    I don't know if we are worrying too much, I mean data loss is a problem, and we rather not take risks, and now I'm getting worried about motherboards...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbreeden View Post
    I think people worry way too much about this issue.


    Personally, I don't think the rubber sheet will do anything helpful as far as dampening vibration.
    Honestly, unless you're doing durability testing on a vehicle and driving it consistently over washboard roads, you're not going to create enough vibration for there to be a concern.

    Hard braking is NOTHING, as far as force is concerned.

    If you read the thread, one user totaled two cars and the hard drive still functions like clockwork. A crash that will total a car is more force than the braking from even the fastest race cars.

    Again...

    DON'T WORRY SO MUCH ABOUT IT!
    Mount all your hardware securely and you'll be fine.
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