Leaving a Computer Running ?
ken_jennings at bellsouth.net
Sat Feb 5 19:46:05 PST 2005
On Saturday 05 February 2005 18:13, Anthony Atkielski wrote:
> Peterhin writes:
> - Moving parts are not subjected to thermal and mechanical stresses of
> starting and stopping. For example, disk drives and fans are under less
> stress during continuous running than they are at the moment when they
> start and stop. Failures are more likely to occur when a mechanical
> part is started up than during continuous operation.
Ah. I bet there are more than a few people here who can repeat a horror story
about what happened when a long running server was shut down.
I remember several years ago we had a HP server at work that had been running
nonstop for about three years. One day, due to a major electrical upgrade
in the computer room, the sysadmin had to cold start it. Three hard drives
would not come back up. Everyone except the sysadmins had a four-day
Since then they've switched to using multiple, redundant hot-swappable
I have a file server in the house that runs continuously. It sits on an UPS.
Everything else is shut down at night.
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