View Full Version : HDD head parking

October 16th, 2008, 08:43 AM
I have an ST-412 inside my IBM 5161 EXP uint... I was wondering do you park the head each time you power it down? Or only when you move it?

October 16th, 2008, 09:01 AM
I'm jealous about your expansion unit :P

I park it every time I think I won't use it anymore that day. Or I use the autopark utility.

October 16th, 2008, 12:24 PM
As long as you aren't going to walk into your desk at the middle of the night or move the system, a shutdown should be ok.

If you really want to be overly cautious, there's nothing wrong with parking it though. New drives all autopark so we don't have to worry about it anymore.

Terry Yager
October 16th, 2008, 12:34 PM
Actually, you need to park it every shutdown, or it defeats the purpose. If the drive powers down while the heads are 'floating' above a data area, the head just drops onto the platter possibly causing damage to the data and/or the hardware (aka, a crash). Parking moves the heads to an unused cylinder, known as the 'parking zone' before dropping them.


October 16th, 2008, 12:36 PM
I autopark mine every time it is switched off - just in case :)

October 16th, 2008, 12:41 PM
That's what I have been doing, parking at shutdown I agree it would be better safe then sorry. But I did not know if it was overkill/needed or not.

October 16th, 2008, 12:47 PM
You can't be to careful.

October 16th, 2008, 01:19 PM
Very Ture!

You can't be to careful.

October 16th, 2008, 01:24 PM
Yep, so tooray.