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Windows 7: Can i damage/shorten my hdd lifespan by this

04 Jul 2015   #1
winkawak

windows 7 pro 64bit
 
 
Can i damage/shorten my hdd lifespan by this

Cant fit it in the title so here goes
Does it hurt/shorten my hdd life if i play witcher 3 while having utorrent on the background downloading bunch of stuff(30GB +). I wonder if al the reading and writing will cause harm


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04 Jul 2015   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

It won't shorten it appreciably. All HDDs will wear out over time, and all SSDs will fail. It's just the nature of the hardware.

They key is regular backups of your data, and system images of your hard disks to reinstall when the inevitable happens.
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04 Jul 2015   #3
winkawak

windows 7 pro 64bit
 
 

Is there a reason why im getting different speed everytiume when i transfer video files between 2 internal hdd? ill get anywhere 15mb/second to 70mb/s
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04 Jul 2015   #4
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I guess most here has at most 100Mb/s. That makes 12MB/s and internal HDDs can read at 90-100MB/s (sequential). So, it will not impact the performance of your game. Not by much at least.
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04 Jul 2015   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
Does it hurt/shorten my hdd life if i play witcher 3 while having utorrent on the background downloading bunch of stuff(30GB +). I wonder if al the reading and writing will cause harm
Hard drives in a busy server, that differ little from yours, work harder than that with rarely a break. Many drives that are lightly used fail quickly while others that are worked hard live for years. And the reverse.

Other than physical abuse the worst thing you can do with a hard drive is to never back it up. A hard drive can fail at any time, often without warning or apparent reason. I saw one of my own drives go from working fine one day to being unrecognized by the BIOS the next morning.
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04 Jul 2015   #6
winkawak

windows 7 pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by winkawak View Post
Is there a reason why im getting different speed everytiume when i transfer video files between 2 internal hdd? ill get anywhere 15mb/second to 70mb/s
Also
how do i back up my entire hdd? with another identical one? what program?
if entire hdd is backed up and the original failed does that mean if i plug the back up one in, it will operate with the games and program i have installed without doing anything? my ssd is my os btw, i use hdd to install games and small programs
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04 Jul 2015   #7
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can backup to the same HDD but that's not really a good idea. Best is to backup to a separate HDD preferably external (in case PSU burns the internal HDDs).

You can use Macrium Reflect free - Imaging with free Macrium

You would need another HDD, and restore your backup to it with regular imaging. However, if you clone the drives you can just plug the clone drive in and it will work. Imaging is a better method. It doesn't take very long if you set things up correctly.
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04 Jul 2015   #8
winkawak

windows 7 pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
You can backup to the same HDD but that's not really a good idea. Best is to backup to a separate HDD preferably external (in case PSU burns the internal HDDs).

You can use Macrium Reflect free - Imaging with free Macrium

You would need another HDD, and restore your backup to it with regular imaging. However, if you clone the drives you can just plug the clone drive in and it will work. Imaging is a better method. It doesn't take very long if you set things up correctly.
hows imaging better than cloning? whats the difference?
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