Originally Posted by Nick Smith
I just dislike the idea of the hard drive spinning constantly which wastes energy and shortens the life of the drive."
Actually, you're only half right. Yes stopping the drive increases the life of the motor, but it shortens the life of the read/write head. Every time the drive stops the head "grinds" against the outward-most track and a small amount of damage occurs. Although heads are supposedly designed to handle 10,000 "grinds" before they die, if you figure 5 of these events per day then you shorten the headlife to just five years time.
I've always prefered to keep the disc spinning and thereby avoid damaging the read/write head.
BTW, the official term is "parking the head" which sounds innocent enough but if you think of parking your car, and every time you park your car you rub sandpaper across the paint, pretty soon you'll have a paint-free and rusty car.
Originally Posted by pabeader
Would you endorse this product if your reputation depended on it?
Really? Your life? Hmmm. Well you made that promise once before aboutthe DTVpal converter box, and now I have three of them that refuse to show the correct time, shoot-off recording events at random, and only get half as many channels as my Zenith or Channel Master boxes. ----- I guess we should schedule a time to meet with Dr. Kevorkian. Make sure your affairs are in order. ;-) (Just a little joke.)