Hi, this might sound silly, I have just got myself a usb freecom external hard drive, it has a on/off switch on it, is it ok to just switch it on and off, as and when.thanks
NoYou should safely eject it first to ensure that all writes have been made by the Operating system
sorry, how do i do that. thank you
I have two external hard drives with switches - I switch them on each morning prior to starting up my PC, then I switch them off each night Prior to closing down my PC. Have never given me any problems.
Oops sorry, that last statement should read ... then I switch them off each night *After* closing down PC.
so you are switching them off before the PC is shut down, or have I lost the plotThanks
You should not switch off the hard drive without safely ejecting it. Technotiger has been fortunate.To safely eject click here
If you have "Optmize for safe removal" set and they are ntfs drives, should not be a problem turning them of prior to shutting down.
Switch on when you like.but only switch off when the drive is NOT being written to (does it have a LED that fashes when the drive is being written to or reading from?)
Unfortunately Windows can perform lazy writes. This means it may not make a write immediately. When you perform the safely eject function it ensures all 'pending writes' have been made. No disk light activity is no guarantee all pending writes have been made.Safely ejecting is quick and easy, why would you risk loosing data by not doing it?
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