Poorly ventilated system cases can shorten the life of the hard drive
Ambient air temperatures of 95°F (35°C) or greater and poor ventilation from the smaller case designs of Shuttle boxes, LAN party boxes, racks, cabinets, and drawers, can shorten the life of your hard disk.
Can I physically install my drive sideways, upside down or vertically?
All Seagate and Maxtor-brand hard drives can be fitted sideways or upside down. As long as they are not moved during use and get enough cooling, it is irrelevant in which direction they are mounted.
How can I troubleshoot time-out errors with SCSI drives?
Troubleshooting and Configuration Tips for SCSI Time-Outs
What do I do if my drive reports bad sectors?
Bad sectors can often be corrected by using a spare sector built into the drive. However, any information written to a bad sector is usually lost.