Hello everyone! I'm surprised that nobody else has addressed this before... Here's the story. I render a lot, and it's done mainly in 3DS max. Sometimes I have to make huge scenes of 30+ render hours.
I've noticed that some of my renders freeze if I just leave the machine alone. On the contrary, when I'm pendent and move the mouse every now and then preventing the sreensaver to activate, the render comes out fine. Is this just a case of a evil leprechaun haunting my hard drive? Or do sreensavers hurt hard disks on the long run? Any insight is greatly appreciated. Oh, BTW, any good Hard Disk repairing software you people can recommend?
Screensavers do have an effect on the render. What I believe happens is that because another process (screensaver) is activiated while rendering, it can potentially cause the render to freeze up.
What I do when I render is turn the screensaver off and then physically turn off my monitors so that I limit the chance of image burn onto my screens. When I want to check on my renders, I then turn on my monitors to check it out.