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HDD maintanance. minimal power on of external hard drive (for backup) [duplicate]

I want to use a external hard drive (not ssd) for backup. however I have heard that because of the mechanical nature of a HDD, it needs to be powered on and spin regularly to maximize its lifespan. ...
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How does SSD achieve wear-leveling when disk is near-full?

I'm trying to understand this. Say I have a 256GB SSD, 180GB of which are already occupied by permanent files (OS, installed programs etc.). The remaining 70GB or so gets new files created and ...
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Will device-based “wear leveling” equalize access across both SSD partitions?

I can’t see that my specific point is covered by the “Wear Levelling” section in the answer to the earlier question Disadvantages of partitioning an SSD? I’ve been booting Windows 7 from a 32GB SSD ...
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Solution to stack laptops safely [closed]

Not sure I'm in the right place here because what I'm looking for I suppose can be classed as hardware, but it's more to do with tidying desk space I guess. Anyway, what I'm looking for a solution ...
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How many times can I format a hard disk? [duplicate]

Is there a limit to the number of times I can format a hard disk? I tried to find this information on Wikipedia, but I didn't find an answer.
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Does 100 files of 50mb each cause the same wear than a single 5000mb file when being written to an HDD?

I want to know what causes more wear on the disk, not talking about SSD's and USB's, only normal HDD's if that matters. Does the times written matter? Only the space occupied matter by the File ...
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Will GIGABYTE motherboards BLACK EDITION be more wear out? [closed]

Will GIGABYTE motherboards BLACK EDITION be more wear out than its "ordinary version"? For instances, GA-Z97X-UD5H (rev. 1.1) vs. GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK (rev. 1.1) - BLACK EDITION. As their specifications ...
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How much do spin-ups wear out a hard disk drive? [duplicate]

On a mechanical hard disk drive, roughly (orders of magnitude) how many hours of typical continuous operation (strictly/non-inclusive between spin-up and spin-down) is one spin-up equivalent to in ...
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Does a hard disk wear?

I am running a server, and I moved it to a new partition and it became much faster. Now, after 1 month it's becoming slower. I defragment once a day. The server uses the disk a lot(about 10mb/second ...
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Does more heat generation mean more wear and tear?

I read that hardware generally used on PC is not optimized for running Linux. That is the reason the machine emits large amount of heat and doesn't give the battery back up , that we will get while ...
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Bad contact on USB port in daily use

I've got my passwords saved in a keepass container on an USB stick and use it at home and at work, therefore plugging it daily. Most USB ports develop a visible loose-fit, and unmounts on touching the ...
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How to encrypt dual boot windows 7 and xp (bitlocker, truecrypt combo?) on sdd (recommended?)

I would like to setup a dual boot Windows 7 and Windows XP laptop/notebook computer where each operation system's partition is fully encrypted. I would like to do this on a SSD - a 128Gb Crucial M4. ...
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Preventing Windows from turning off drives on BSOD

Certain BSODs (e.g., 0xc000021a) will say that the system has been shut down to prevent further problems. Obviously this is not actually the case since the message can be viewed on screen, however, ...
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How much does it wear an SD card to be frequently removed/reinserted?

My digital camera (a Sony α55) stores photos on an SD card. When I want to transfer these to my computer (a mid-2010 MacBook Pro), I have two options: use the USB cable to connect the camera to the ...
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Is it okay to have 100% CPU usage constantly?

I often do 3D rendering in the background which consumes 100% of the CPU (I lower the priority of the process so that it does not hinder any tasks I am working on). My concern/question is whether it ...