Lower cost ATA and SATA disk drives are designed to a different usage profile. The disk may not be spinning all the time, and even if the disk is spinning all of the time, they may be supporting fewer I/Os streams concurrently. So, when you hear the term disk drive duty cycle, that is referring to what type of activity and usage the disk drive has been designed for.
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