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Does vertical position affect hard drive?

This may be a silly question, but I have an external HDD which has a platform to keep it vertically.

My question is, does it make any problem to have it like that? Regarding the internal operation of the it I mean.

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    Hard drive feng shui ;) – Nick Josevski Feb 22 '10 at 11:39

Both alignments are "standard", i.e. hard drives are constructed to work fine either way.

Personal Opinion: I haven't had problems with a number of "unusual" alignments either; I believe the only important thing is to keep the drive cool and stationary while in operation.

  • You're right, "cool and stationary" are the important things here. There are exceptions on the movement side - laptops can be carefully carried while running for example - but if you follow these rules you should have a long and productive relationship with your hard drive. – ChrisF Feb 22 '10 at 12:04