Does vertical positions is bad for HDD ?

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Is HDD was design to works in vertical positions ?
Or in swapped to 180 degree ? I mean label of HDD to be down (normal it is up) .
How positions of HDD reflect to it long live ?

Does someone know links from Seagate/Matrox that discuss positions ?

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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Is HDD was design to works in vertical positions ?
- no

Or in swapped to 180 degree ? I mean label of HDD to be down (normal it is up) .
- no

How positions of HDD reflect to it long live ?
- shortens the life

Does someone know links from Seagate/Matrox that discuss positions ?
http://www.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=261466
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/manuals/fc/savvio_fc_pm.pdf
page 49 Chapter 8.1

the drives are made to work in horizontal but does work in vertiacl positions
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PCBONEZCommented:
It makes no difference beacuse bearings support everything.

I've had factory built systems with hard drives mounted in every possible position.
Upside down, on the edge, on the end.

On OLD OLD OLD hard drives it mattered on some models.
We are talking early 1980's.. Like those massive 20 Mb drives.......
Note: I said Mb not Gb because that's what I meant.
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dvplayltdAuthor Commented:
for irwinpks

page 49 Chapter 8.1 is OK for me, but it is for Fiber Optic HDD
I ask about orginal SATA or SATA II. Does this applay to them ?
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
what manufacturer and model do you have in mind?
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dvplayltdAuthor Commented:
Barracuda 7200.7 SATA , Barracuda 7200.8 SATA  
DiamondMax 10, DiamondMax 11


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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
The compositions of all those drives are similar to what is mentioned above.

Why is there such a need to have this information?  just want to know? or are you building something?
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PCBONEZCommented:
Is HDD was design to works in vertical positions ?
- Yes
Or in swapped to 180 degree ? I mean label of HDD to be down (normal it is up) .
- Yes
How positions of HDD reflect to it long live ?
- No measurable effect.
If you want some DEEP mechanical engineering theory that is so deep it's not practical information:
Vertical disadvantage: The bearings are loaded heavier on one side during spin-up and spin down which may cause uneven wear.
Vertical advantage: Corrosion and wear products are thrown off the disc rather than onto the disc where they could affect the disc's surface via mechanical damage or minute static charges.

Most drives anymore have heads on both sides of the disc so completely upside down is the same as right side up.

........

Maxtor and Seagate -MAKE- cases to mount hard drives in verticle positions.

http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/menuitem.ba88f6d7cf664718376049b291346068/?channelpath=/en_us/Products/External%20Storage/Maxtor%20Basics%20Family/Personal%20Storage%203200&productview=Overview

http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/external/index.html#external

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PCBONEZCommented:
Is no matter PATA, Fiber Optic, SATA, SATA II, or SCSI.
That's just the electronics.......
The mechanical disc, head, bearing issues are the same across all of them.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
cool. thank you!
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ccomleyCommented:
Most hard disks these days will work on their "flat" side (label up, circuit board down) or on the "long" side but it would not be a good idea to run it on the "short" side. i.e. with the interface connector at the back or the front is fine but not with it upwards or downwards.

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PCBONEZCommented:
ccomley - Why do you think that?

I have a factory built system in which on the end (interface connector up) is the factory mounting position for the hard drive. I'm pretty sure I've seen that before in other makes.

I have two different make/model factory made PC's that mount the drives upside down (circuit board up) as the factory mounting position.

All of these are major brand year 2000 or newer systems.  
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