Originally Posted by lazarus000
I seem to find a different opinion each place I look.
some say that DVR/Tivo are consistently running so any idle spin down just adds wear and tear on the HDD.
Some say that any down time saves your HDD life
looking to replace a hard drive on a THR-22 and it seems like idle time on the HDD is a 'need to know' when deciding which hard drive to buy.
Main thing I'm looking for is reliability and longevity. I hate losing all my records/SP etc every 2-3 years.
at least the THR-22 seems to format/OS the drive for you so I don't have to worry about that.
Since a TiVo is always recording, there is no idling being done, it never gets a chance to, except during a "soft" or "warm" reboot.
What you have to watch out for is the Intellipark feature enabled on some WD "Green" drives. It needs to be disabled if the drive is going to be used in a TiVo, so that the drive isn't asleep when the motherboard calls upon it during a reboot.