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vertical HD operation ok? - HD enclosures

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I just wanted some feedback on lifespan and performance hit of operating a drive vertically on its side.

I wanted to pick up a cp technologies platinum HD enclosure with a 160gb ata/100 for backup.

What are the minuses of running a drive on its side?

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Operating a HDD along any of the orthogonal directions (90degrees vertical, horizontal, etc.) should be fine as long as it is securely mounted.

That said, when transporting or handling HDDs, the drive should be kept horizontal so it can't fall down onto its side. :P

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is there anything to be said for the drive heads operating against gravity and lifespan?

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Manufacturers say their drives can be either installed vertically or horizontally. So in my opinion, it doesn't effect the life of the drive at all. HP and Dell are notorious for putting their hard drives vertical in their smaller cases.

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yeah that's about the only place i recall seeing a vertical mount.

ok just wanted to check in as i'm a performance fanatic...

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Enterprise (SCSi) drives are in vast majority mounted in vertical = horizontal motor spin axis. The performance and reliability is same.

As said before, proper mounting and handling while doing is most important.

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