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Old 07-04-2006, 09:13 PM   #1
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Should I keep my external hdd on even though I'm not using it? I do weekly backups...

...I was wondering because I once heard that disuse was just as bad as misuse. In other words, if you didn't use the hdd, it would have to reload or something...
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Old 07-04-2006, 09:18 PM   #2
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Naw, it won't go bad if you don't use it....lol
I would just turn it off when you aren't using it.
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Old 07-04-2006, 09:24 PM   #3
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Alright, thanks for the advice man... I'll keep it unplugged from the computer when I turn it off, as it has a sensor that automatically keeps it on with the computer.
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Old 07-04-2006, 09:30 PM   #4
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dude i keep my External hd on all the time! it gets a little warm but nothing to critical and its fine
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Old 07-04-2006, 09:32 PM   #5
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2 differring opinions... a third to resolve?
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Old 07-04-2006, 09:33 PM   #6
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well do what ever you want
im just saying that its fine to keep it on
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It won't hurt it to keep it on, but if you want to save power and take some load off your computer, unhook it or power it down. It is up to you what you want to do.
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Old 07-04-2006, 10:07 PM   #8
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So it doesn't really matter either way? I'm just so paranoid because of the way my Maxtor externals died on me... hopefull this Western Digital myBook will last longer!
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It's easier on the hard drive and the power bill if you shut it off.
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Old 07-05-2006, 02:25 AM   #10
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Default Re: Keep the External HDD on?

I usually keep my external HDD on when my computer is on and turn it off when the computer is off. Sometimes I forget and it will stay on for like 3 or 4 days but it still works fine. I say just do what you want but I say just turn it off when you aren't using the computer.
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