[rc5] Re: OS/2 ramdisk and spindown

Joe Klein jklein at mail.il-icom.net
Wed Oct 8 01:42:36 EDT 1997

At 11:36 PM 10/7/97 -0500, you wrote:
>At 10:15 AM 10/8/97 +1300, you wrote:
>>> Why is it such a big deal to be able to turn off your harddrive? Actually,
>>> continually turning it off and then back on again is not good for it, just
>>> let it be. :)
>>Oh yeah, those specs list start/stops at 40,000.
>>So 40000/(365*5year service life=1825)=22 spindowns and up per day

Well... let me think, if you have your harddrive set to turn off after 10
min, which by the sound of some of the people on this group, I wouldn't be
surprised if they have it shutdown after 2 min, 22 cycles wouldn't be all
that hard to accomplish...

>Not to mention that the 1,000,000 hour MTBF (Seagate Barracuda 4.55GB)
>means that your hard drive will probably out-live your grandchildren!  *grin*

Well, that is all statistics... and the same statistic, I am sure, can be
construed in such a way to also say something else that contradicts the
first statement... :) That is the way of statistics.
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