OK guys, I need some help. Either I'm stupid and more unknowledgeable than I normally am or IT is feeding me a line of B***S***.
A coworker just got her laptop back from IT, it's drive had crashed, and they told her that it was because she put into Standby mode all the time when she went home and that when it's in Standby the drive is "spinning slowly" and the heads aren't stored so it can be easily damaged. I call complete and utter bullshit but my co-worker said that the two IT guys there said the same thing.
The laptop in question is a Dell 610, I use one during travel all the time and always put it into Standby in between working on stuff during flights and trips (and going home). My understanding is the when put into Standby stuff (yeah some much for my knowledge) is put into RAM and saved the the HDD then the heads are stored and locked. Its very much like shutting down but the memory is still powered so the computer knows what "state" it was in when it was shutdown (standby'ed? )
OK so am I wrong? (How wrong? Do laptop drives spin at speeds other than 5,400 RPM 7,200 RPM?)