Join TSR now and chat about whatever you’re intoSign up now

Portable hard drive advice Watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I recently bought a portable hard drive and was wondering is it ok to leave it permanently on or should i remove it when im not using it?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    if it's a mains powered one i think it would be okay to leave on, but i'd recommend turning it off at night, if it's a usb powered drive, i'd only have it plugged in when you need it.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Ok thanks for your advice , it's a usb power drive and my brother and sister have a habit of breaking things so i'll probably unplug it.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by ch0wm4n)
    I recently bought a portable hard drive and was wondering is it ok to leave it permanently on or should i remove it when im not using it?
    Yes definitely unplug it, it would cause serious overheating in the long term and kill it :/
    Make sure to unplug it safely by disconnecting it through the computer first, they are susceptible to corruption.
    • PS Helper
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Definitely unplug it, as if you trip on it by accident then again a chance of data corruption.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    110% turn it off as others have rightly pointed out.

    further reassurance
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    Yes definitely unplug it, it would cause serious overheating in the long term and kill it :/
    Make sure to unplug it safely by disconnecting it through the computer first, they are susceptible to corruption.

    (Original post by spikeymike)
    Definitely unplug it, as if you trip on it by accident then again a chance of data corruption.

    (Original post by mangoh)
    110% turn it off as others have rightly pointed out.

    further reassurance
    Thanks for your advice guys .
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    I've never once unplugged my (big, 1TB, plugs in to the wall type) USB HDD, aside from when moving house. It goes to sleep on it's own accord when not in use. Never had any problem with it. Same with the various HDDs I use at work for partial backup solutions (quicker data access than tape - easier file restoration). They only die when they get knocked over... :sad:
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mikeyd85)
    I've never once unplugged my (big, 1TB, plugs in to the wall type) USB HDD, aside from when moving house. It goes to sleep on it's own accord when not in use. Never had any problem with it. Same with the various HDDs I use at work for partial backup solutions (quicker data access than tape - easier file restoration). They only die when they get knocked over... :sad:
    I have another problem now though , unfortunately my laptop's hard disk/ drive is dying so i'll probably have to back up all my data :/.
 
 
 
Poll
Would you shell out for travel insurance?
Useful resources

Articles:

The Student Room tech wikiTech forum guidelines

Quick link:

Unanswered technology and computers threads

Sponsored features:

Web Legend

Win a Macbook Air!

Blog about setting up a website for a chance to win in our Web Legend competition.

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Quick reply
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.