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Windows 7: Is it safe to use hard drives vertically?

11 Jun 2015   #1
tgfyhre

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 
Is it safe to use hard drives vertically?

I'm looking at some external hard drive docking stations. Most of them mount the drives vertically. I also see a lot of external enclosures, and some are horizontal, and some are vertical. Is it safe to run hard drives vertically? I've read in the past that it's not a good idea to run drives in the vertical position, but lots of docking stations and enclosures are made that way. Should I worry about my drives being used vertically?


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11 Jun 2015   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

The drives can be mounted in any orientation.
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11 Jun 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

As strollin has stated. It doesn't matter. Just make sure the cable are not in a bind and their is some air going over them.
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11 Jun 2015   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I read somewhere once upon a time that, once a new drive is run for any length of time in a particular orientation, it should be left in that orientation to avoid conflicting bearing wear patterns which could reduce drive life. Also, running a drive vertically would slightly reduce drive life but not enough to worry about. You will be fine running your drives in docks.
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