[rc5] Re: OS/2 ramdisk and spindown

Eric Schaefer es5 at irz301.inf.tu-dresden.de
Wed Oct 8 08:49:10 EDT 1997


uuh, what about the people, who are cracking at home? Some harddisks can be
anoying...

Eric Schaefer
Team CrackerJack at tu-dresden.de


> 
> Sanford Olson 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
> > >allowed.
> >
> > 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*
> >
> > - Sanford
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> MTBF means that if all the drives of that model were running at the same time, and the
> total time they were running were added to each other  they would run for X hours
> combined!!!  before one of them failed. Your drive could fail in one hour or a million
> hours and still the rating overall could be 1,000,000 MTBF. MTBF does not mean that your
> drive will run that long, or is supposed to run that long. My experience is that if your
> drive survives the first week you have five calendar years of hard drive use. Anything
> over four and you are taking chances on an imminent crash. Lets face it computers are
> wasteful, electricity is wasteful, and modern society is wasteful, but so is anything fun.
> If your really serious about saving electricity go live in the Unabomber's shack, its
> empty and free, I suspect; and drive yourself nuts recycling, you might even save one
> whole pine tree planted in a million acre paper plantation, or save Alcoa some money by
> recycling a can  (and putting a third world bauxite miner out of work).  Crack codes and
> consume all the energy and resources you want to pay for, if you let the government or
> industry persuade you otherwise you are participating in the government and corporate
> engineered death of the free market.
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