If hard drive reliability is important: how does "power-on rating" account into it?
I looked at a couple seagate drives rated at 2400 hours.
Does this mean that it's only good for 2400 hours spinning? connected to power? or continuous? any thoughts?
We configure power settings in our on-boarding process and want to know if this is significant. I suppose this is the age-old argument of do we leave the hard drive spinning (wearing down the bearings) or spin-down/up (wearing down the electronics/spin up count). This might be a consideration for hardware longevity
Currently, we ask clients to keep their systems on and we do not touch the disk idle power settings. This becomes even more significant with servers and NAS.
The best thing I've found is "...The 2400-hour specification, which represents only 100 days of continuous operation, assumes that drives are used eight hours per day, five days per week..." - Toms Hardware