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> Keep your drive cool and you can expect to keep it around for a very 
> long time.

In a large tower case, it is worth while to leave a drive bay free between disks, instead of using them sequentially, like this:

------ ------
|****| |****|
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| | |****|
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|****| |****|
------ instead of ------
| | | |
------ ------
|****| | |
------ ------
| | | |
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Also, if you get a disk that suddenly doesn't spin up, don't assume that the motor has died - you can sometimes bring them back to life by connecting power to them, and giving them a very sharp angular jolt in the plane of the platters - the effect is called static friction, (A.K.A. stiction)

John.
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