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Does Hard drive docking station shorten HDD life?

Pinkbullet3 1,957 239 November 11, 2010 at 08:27 PM
My computer case doesn't have enough room for HDD. I'm planning to use the Hard drive docking station to connect the HDD permanently, which means the HDD will always be running 13 hours/day.
Is it a good solution? Does the docking station shorten HDD life?

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no pcs at work run 24x7 very few drive failures where do you figure 13 hrs you could turn dock power off?
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if the docking station is connected in a way that allows the OS to spin down the drive like it does with internal drives, and it has good cooling, then it will not affect drive life in a negative way.
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If your computer case isn't tiny, it's usually possible to safely and securely attach a drive to the bottom or side of the drive bay rack or to the floor of the case. You may have to drill a couple of holes for the screws, but you're not afraid of that. Wink
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if the docking station is connected in a way that allows the OS to spin down the drive like it does with internal drives, and it has good cooling, then it will not affect drive life in a negative way.
don't think docking stations can have great cooling
maybe external enclosures, or external cooling methods, but the docking station itself? nah
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docking station usually has the drive sitting out in the air vertically should be fine. have you ever felt how warm drives get in cases? There is not much airflow in them especially if you have 2 drives mounted on top of the other.

Station like this should be fine

http://www.meritline.com/unitek-y...2af314dee4

Many external drives in cases rely on passive cooling
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I don't get it though, HDD dock still requires external power and connect via USB/Firewire/eSATA, why not just get an enclosure?
Its not like the External Dock is SATA connection directly to the MB.
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I don't get it though, HDD dock still requires external power and connect via USB/Firewire/eSATA, why not just get an enclosure?
Its not like the External Dock is SATA connection directly to the MB.
Are you saying the enclosure has better cooling than HDD dock or something else?
Because with docking station usually has the HDD sitting out the air <--- better cooling?
With the enclosure, the HDD is inside. I see many enclosures don't have fan.
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an external enclosure with a fan in it.
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an external enclosure with a fan in it.
Docking station or an 3.5' external enclosure with no fan?
Because I already have both.
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Docking station or an 3.5' external enclosure with no fan?
Because I already have both.
Thank you.
if i had to choose between the two i would choose the docking station, as there is free air flow around the vertical docked HDD. these larger HDDs get very hot in external enclosures with no fan, when left on for extended periods of time.
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I don't get it though, HDD dock still requires external power and connect via USB/Firewire/eSATA, why not just get an enclosure?
Its not like the External Dock is SATA connection directly to the MB.
how fast can you change out that drive in the enclosure for a different one?

I only need one docking station to handle all of my drives.
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how fast can you change out that drive in the enclosure for a different one?

I only need one docking station to handle all of my drives.
he's not changing his drives
he wants it on permanently for 13 hours straight

So yeah i'd say an external enclosure.
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+1 for an actual enclosure.. unless you will be swapping drives out often.

our usb/esata "dock" doesn't spin down inactive drives.. poor choice for constant use. we use it for backups and one-off hdd cloning only, mainly so we don't have to pull side cover off "the backup box"

in an open or work environment, i wouldn't want a bare hdd exposed like that (all the time), either...

some 7200 rpm drives run in 'open air' for hours on end can get kinda warm.. i wouldn't run either dock or enclosure with 7200 rpm drive 'all day/every day' without active cooling of some kind.


for an office environment, i would recommend 2.5in notebook drive form factor in enclosures... smaller and easier to lock away in desks, file cabinets and safes when not in use. they do not require separate power adapters, they run cooler, and notebook drives are better suited to portable devices (more tolerant of being bumped, moved, transported, etc)
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+1 for an actual enclosure.. unless you will be swapping drives out often.

our usb/esata "dock" doesn't spin down inactive drives.. poor choice for constant use. we use it for backups and one-off hdd cloning only, mainly so we don't have to pull side cover off "the backup box"

in an open or work environment, i wouldn't want a bare hdd exposed like that (all the time), either...

some 7200 rpm drives run in 'open air' for hours on end can get kinda warm.. i wouldn't run either dock or enclosure with 7200 rpm drive 'all day/every day' without active cooling of some kind.


for an office environment, i would recommend 2.5in notebook drive form factor in enclosures... smaller and easier to lock away in desks, file cabinets and safes when not in use. they do not require separate power adapters, they run cooler, and notebook drives are better suited to portable devices (more tolerant of being bumped, moved, transported, etc)
my thermaltake blacX dual dock spins down on eSATA just like any other HDD in the same case based upon the power settings for the computer.

it does not on USB.
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