Originally Posted by G9
You mean the cold boot occurs every time you turn your actual computer on and off? Or just keeping the hdd off until you need it? I need a consensus.
No, that'd just be if you turn your external hard drive on/off.
I wouldn't keep it on if you don't need it though, as its just using up power, and rising the energy bill, when it could just be left unplugged until you need it.
Cold boots wouldn't honestly damage a hard drive in the sense of the word that, you'll notice a massive difference in life. Modern hard drives should be equipped with ways to miinimize the fact of this.
Plus, I don't see completly why a cold boot should in any way damage a drive, except, its turning the motor from on to off/off to on, to start the disk spinning. Because the reader head itself turns off on and on anyway when your not using your computer for long periods.