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installing - label side - face up or down

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by markdeer2004, 11 Oct 2009.

  1. markdeer2004


    Joined: 6 Jul 2009

    Posts: 5


    Do you install your harddrive with the label facing up or down? Or does it not matter. Could reliability be affected if it was to spin while it was 'upside down'. Does manufacturers test using just one orientation. My new HD is from WD and they do not say which way to install.
  2. Ducky Spud

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Feb 2009

    Posts: 1,720

    Location: Teesside

    I install label facing up, think most people do but I doubt it has any effect on performance or reliability.

    Seen people make custome HDD cages and install them on they're side too :p
  3. Paul11


    Joined: 28 Sep 2003

    Posts: 10,161

    Location: London

    i have had hard drives face up, face down, vertical, angled on a slant, hanging off the power cables, outside the case, lying on dvd drives etc

    makes no difference
  4. IAmATeaf


    Joined: 3 Apr 2007

    Posts: 7,139

    Location: South of the Watford Gap!

    I used to always install where possible with label up but I've since read that it makes no difference but you are supposed to format with the drive in its final position or so I've read.
  5. Fahim


    Joined: 22 Jun 2009

    Posts: 135

    There is no performance or reliability problem with face down or up, as long as they don't move during operation. Mines are all label face up.
  6. PhillyDee


    Joined: 12 Feb 2007

    Posts: 14,169

    Location: South Shields

    Label up. Unless its in my hotswap bays in my server which are label sideways :p. Anyway, that used to be the only way they would fit in anything due to the screws being offset toward the bottom.
  7. radar19

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Jul 2009

    Posts: 1,037

    Location: Lincolnshire

    As long as you dont bump them when they're spinning, it should be alright.