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Subject: Re: Lifespan of a hard drive in an mp3 player?

Re: Lifespan of a hard drive in an mp3 player?

From: SteamShip <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 18:26:53 -0500

Yeah, I read about that amazing construction detail in a recent Maximum PC
article. I have had some 5400 HD's in daily operation for 10 years, but
others shit the bed after 3 months (both were new WD 180GB special edition
8mb cache JB drives). Laptops and Notebooks are slopped around similar to
these Archos units, and I have some 10 year old Laptops that still run just

Most HD companies are switching to only a year warranty for their standard
models, but I would say 3-5 years should be a fair expectation. Still have
to backup. Thank God for DVD burners to make cheap data backups now. Dual
layer DVD burners coming later this year to hold 8GB's, not to mention
external USB-2/Firewire Drives.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gvillo, Mike" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 5:47 PM
Subject: Lifespan of a hard drive in an mp3 player?

> Does anyone know how long we can expect a hard drive an Archos to last?
> IMO mp3 players put relatively little stress on the drives, it's read
> for a few seconds, park for a few minutes. My guess would be a MTBF
> (mean time between failures) of a few years, less if it gets bumped
> often while reading (i.e. jogging with your player).
> I went to a seminar recently on hard drives, it's amazing they work at
> all. To put it into perspective, the height at which the disk's head
> flies over the platter is equivalent to a 747 flying over a runway at
> the height of the thickness of a sheet of paper.
> just paranoid.
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