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External Hard Drive Positioning.

by tott132 / February 16, 2017 12:33 PM PST

Hey Forum.
I have two I-omega Prestige external HDs. they're old style wiith aluminum cases and cradles to hold them upright.

One has a seagate in it the other has a WD or Samsung(I can't recall which).
I want to lay the hard drives flat on the desk. Maybe put some no-skid feet on them. Those cradles they come with to hold them upright make them very unstable, and asking for trouble.
My question is, Does it matter, laying them on their sides or which side faces up?
I googled and expected a lot of hits, but I got no solid answers.
Thanks.

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That's one of those old questions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2017 12:38 PM PST

The answer seems to depend on the age of the drive. 2 decades ago the makers would tell you to mount it a certain way. Today, they don't.

So nope if it's a drive from this century.

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Are Compact Externals Better?
by tott132 / February 16, 2017 12:56 PM PST

Thanks Bob.
They're 5 years old. So, I guess they're pretty modern.
All my other externals are little WD Passports. They're so much better. Compact, usb powered. But these two, I'm always worried about knocking them over. When I get a few extra bucks, I'll replace them with more Passports.
What do you think about these new super capacity compact portables? I think they make up to 5 TB the size of a deck of cards. Is that pushing the limits of reliability in such a compact drive?

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No.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2017 9:03 AM PST

Compact or not, externals do not take to drops or impacts while in operation. If you feel it's a possibility then secure it with straps and velcro.

As to the size vs. reliability, the reliability is not good enough to go without backups. Nothing has changed in that respect.

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