Slap on head.... They just don't get it.
To correct your misunderstand, while hard disk are not air tight, they are equipped with fantastic air filtering mechanism that wouldn't allow any form of dust to get into it. If you even let a speck of dust get into it, it will crash the hard disk head. It is also highly unlikely hard disk will be have mold growing inside, outside perhaps, inside, never heard.
Putting your hard disk in the dry box is unnecessary and besides, why should you have hard disk lying around for donkey months without using it ? However it is common to find under utilized electronic equipments going bonkers. Could be due to the moving mechanism parts or eroded electronic parts. Air and humidity is extremely powerful eroding agents to electronics.
I have already stressed this upon the forum users numerous time and here I go again. No hardware is bound for lifetime. They fail and no matter how lucky you think you are, they fails. That's a fact. The longer you wait, the higher your chances. That simple. You may brag about how your equipment can sustain for the next 10 years and truth be told, I only hear people with equipments failing and never otherwise. I only hear people crying for restoration and unable to retrieve their precious data or only partially when the time comes. If you are buying insurance for yourself, why are you not buying insurance for your data ? A human body can be cut numerous times and still alive, but I highly doubt sensitive electronic can sustain that kind of torture without failing.
So please get a decent redundant storage system and also invest in a good backup plan if you depends on your digital assets or you feel your digital assets means a lot to you.
Sometimes I can't help to feel curious about why some people thinks they can win probability ?
Last edited by David Kwok; 14th February 2012 at 02:45 AM.