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All good advice up to the last paragraph, but RISC OS is very kind to hard drives. For the vast majority of users, the drive is only in operation when loading tiny RISC OS applications and saving data, with a small burst every 15 minutes when email is fetched and debatched. The drive light is off then the rest of the time, unlike certain other OS's which constantly bugger with the HD for no good reason. The only time the lack of caches in RISC OS would make a difference to disc lifetime is if you were constantly running something like a web server with heavy usage, and there are plenty of other reasons for not doing that.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 28/2/08 1:50PM
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