[Ukfreebsd] "green" HDDs

RW rwmaillists at googlemail.com
Tue Jan 11 22:08:55 GMT 2011

On Tue, 11 Jan 2011 08:51:12 +0000
Frank Shute <frank at shute.org.uk> wrote:

> I agree with your analysis. I can't see the point of these HDDs. HDDs
> are slow at the best of times; one that turns itself off after 8s of
> inactivity sounds like a nightmare, and if you turn off that mode then
> you've defeated any possible power saving. A power saving that's
> pretty minimal in the grand scheme of things.

I have one of these in a dual-dock, side by side with an otherwise
similar conventional drive. What's really striking is the temperature
difference. One is hot to the touch, the other never feels like it's

IIRC the manufacturers claim that this makes them more reliable,
although I imagine they cut corners elsewhere to even things up.

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