Is it bad for the hard disk to move a desktop computer while it is on?

by on January 3, 2012

Q: Is it bad for the hard disk to move a desktop computer while it is on?


4 Responses to “Is it bad for the hard disk to move a desktop computer while it is on?”
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    Moving a desktop computer while it is running can have the potentially to damage the hard drive.

    You should always turn off a computer before moving it.

     
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    Thanks. I suspected as much. Even when hard drive is “asleep”.I have a desktop tower on a small rolling cart, and when housekeeper comes in, I warn her not to move it, but think I’ve been pushing my luck, it’s easy to do if you’re vacuuming around it, even if it only gets slightly rolled. I should just turn it off. I know powering a computer up & down wears it out, too, so it’s been a bit of a hard choice which direction to go in. On the other hand, should the drive get damaged, I could look forward to buying an even bigger hard drive…..with all the headache that that would entail reconfiguring it.

     
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      I tend to disagree with the “turning your computer on and off wears it out” statement/logic. If you are going to use the computer in less than an hour then okay it makes sense but if it is anymore than an hour I feel like turning the computer off is a better idea because your hard drive is spinning for no reason and so is your fan. On top of that you are generating heat for no reason as well.

       
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    If the harddrive is ‘asleep’ you should be fine. It’s when the drive is spinning and it has a significant jolt of movement that the drive arm can potentially scratch the plates. When the drive isn’t spinning the arm is safely ‘parked’.