Will hard drives stop working after idle for a long period?

UltimateGTR

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I'm wondering will traditional hard drives (non-SSD) stop working after idle without power for a long period of time. My friend discussed this issue with me and his 1TB hard drives failed when he try to get the data after idle without power for almost 2 years. I've many hard drives for data storage but they will not be connected except to get the data from the drives, they will store in a dry and cool place in their original packages. Is the issue which my friend told me is true? Thank you very much!
 
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the only issue i can see is your friend may have dropped the drive or baged it while it was in storage..most hard drive when power is turned off right park the heads. so the only part that could go bad over time would be drive lube...

the only issue i can see is your friend may have dropped the drive or baged it while it was in storage..most hard drive when power is turned off right park the heads. so the only part that could go bad over time would be drive lube. mostt ime on older drives dirt made the lube go bad...called sticknation on a hard drive where you have to tap it to get the drive unfrozen.
 
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