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Noam Osband
How long can I run my hard drive for?
on Oct 22, 2015 at 4:52:53 am

I'm in the middle of exporting 2 TBs of cards to Pro Res files to use in FCP X. I'm using 4 hard drives in a RAID 5 with a OWC ThunderBay. Question: can I transfer to Pro Res continuously, for 48-72 hours straight, without damaging the hard drives? Is there any limit to how long you can use a hard drive continuously for?

thanks!


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Noah Kadner
Re: How long can I run my hard drive for?
on Oct 22, 2015 at 5:03:11 am

I run mine until they die.

Noah

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Noam Osband
Re: How long can I run my hard drive for?
on Oct 22, 2015 at 5:04:37 am

So I can run it a week straight without turning it off and it'll likely be OK?


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Walter Soyka
Re: How long can I run my hard drive for?
on Oct 22, 2015 at 5:07:34 am

[Noam Osband] "So I can run it a week straight without turning it off and it'll likely be OK?"

I never turn off my RAIDs. They spin for years.

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Bret Williams
Re: How long can I run my hard drive for?
on Oct 22, 2015 at 12:03:29 pm

TiVo runs a single drive constantly writing to it and immediately erasing for the lifetime of the machine. All DVRs are that way. That's just insane. SSDs actually have a limit on the writes, but it's so far out there it doesn't matter. But I wonder if in the case of putting one in a TiVo it might...

So running a drive for a week should be fine. I think my raids go to sleep with the computer.


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Walter Soyka
Re: How long can I run my hard drive for?
on Oct 22, 2015 at 12:15:45 pm

[Bret Williams] "SSDs actually have a limit on the writes, but it's so far out there it doesn't matter. But I wonder if in the case of putting one in a TiVo it might..."

The final results from the SSD endurance test are in:
http://techreport.com/review/27909/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-theyre-all-...

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Jason Jenkins
Re: How long can I run my hard drive for?
on Oct 23, 2015 at 12:59:22 am

[Walter Soyka] "The final results from the SSD endurance test are in:
http://techreport.com/review/27909/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-theyre-all-....."


That's great, except sometimes they just suddenly and completely die with no warning.

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