Leave external drive connected?

  rawprawn 14:23 12 Jan 09

I have a WD external drive which I use for backups, I have always disconnected it when it is not in use but I would like to leave it connected so that I can schedule backups using Acronis.
Is there any real problem with this? from the reading WD seem to be saying that it is no problem.

  MAT ALAN 14:27 12 Jan 09

Only issue you may have is over heating....

  Technotiger 14:31 12 Jan 09

I have two such external drives, one for backups the other for games. They are both permanently on when the computer is on! My tip - switch the drives on first, then the computer. Not had any problems with them, after several years use.

  Technotiger 14:33 12 Jan 09

PS - at the close-of-play each day, switch computer off first, then the drives.

  rawprawn 14:36 12 Jan 09

Thanks for the replys, It has been on since first thing this morning and is very cool, in fact I can feel no warmth at all.
It automatically switches on when the computer is on.

  rawprawn 14:38 12 Jan 09

Hi Technotiger, it says you only need to turn it off if it doesn't turn itself off automatically. Is this OK?

  Graham. 14:40 12 Jan 09

But surely it will be spinning all the time? My Freecom does, that's why I unplug it and put it in a drawer when not doing backups.

  Kevscar1 14:45 12 Jan 09

One of my Externals has been on for 5 years without any problems. It only spins when it is accessed

  Technotiger 14:48 12 Jan 09


  rawprawn 14:51 12 Jan 09

Hi Graham. I can hear it spin down when it is idle.

  rawprawn 14:52 12 Jan 09

Thanks for all the responses, I will leave it connected.

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