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    Your exchange may explode from the thousands of items awaiting it but it will be fine to switch them off for a week or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    Fair point. But that's what we do. We buy tens of thousands of servers from all over the world that are between 8 and 3 years old. They've never been turned off until they're pulled from the datacentre, when they're shipped to us, often still in rack cabinets. And as I said, our hdd failure rate is less than one in a thousand when we spin them back up again. the fans and psu components I think or even oless likely to fail. So long as you've got a good manufacturer (HP, Dell, IBM (to some degree)) Then you're likely fine
    That's the point though his could be that one ;-)

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    As above. My backup drives (home) are ex NHS datacentre drives that came from 24/7/365 operation until they were decomissioned, securely wiped, and obtained by me. Now they're turned on once a month and still work fine despite having accumulated more running hours than anything at work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bananas View Post
    That's the point though his could be that one ;-)
    And I could go to work on Monday dressed as Duffman. I very likely won't though

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    We had an Airconditioning failure in similar circumstances. We shut them down, but senior management we warned that we might have a problem starting them up...


    Everything was fine.

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    Yeah it might be unlikely but if you ventilate and leave them on why take the risk? When I used to do work in waitrose we had a spate of this happening ok was a few years ago on scsi drives but it's still a possibility and something to consider before just shitting them off, triple checking backups etc there's no harm in being cautious is there

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