Hard Drives

  Beas-Knees 21:16 21 Jan 2005

Just curious,I was always under the impression that you should not knock or move your P.C. whilst it is turned on for fear of damaging the hard drive so what is the position regarding laptop hard drives as i presume they get moved and knocked about quite a bit while in use, are they manufactured differently so as to protect them more ?

  Noelg23 21:18 21 Jan 2005

well so long as you dont deliberately knock it about then there is no real problem at all...otherwise be very careful with it...not sure why anyone would want to knock a desktop or laptop to be honest...

  Beas-Knees 21:33 21 Jan 2005

I don't think anyone would really do it on purpose but why i asked was because a friend of mine has just purchased one and when i visited him he was moving it about looking for the XP code to register with microsoft and i just wondered if he risked damaging it.

  User-312386 21:54 21 Jan 2005

Moving a PC will not harm it. However, if you drop it or it knocks over then you may cause damage as with any electrical item.

  Wak 10:09 22 Jan 2005

Years ago they used to say that if you moved or knocked your computer when it was switched on it could possibly move the pointer arms in the hard drive thus either scratching or damaging the surface of the hard drive. They even had a little batch file which would park the arms in a safe position when switching off.
I suppose the drives could be more robustly made these days??

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