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The documentation says they are good for 600k load cycles with a 3 year warranty. 600k/(365*3) ~= 548 That is ~540 stop/start cycles per day. That sounds ok for me for normal power cycling as described.
I think hibernation would be more risky than just leaving the disk spinning simply because you are exercising the motor more. Steady state should be more reliable. However I can't find any studies supporting the theory.
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