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Is it dangerous to have 2 different external hard drives running on your laptop

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#1 bigbrown411


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 04:16 AM

I know this is a stupid question, but I just need to know this. The reason I'm asking this is because I'm about to leave to go back to college very soon, and I need to back some files up on a new hard drive that I purchased. I plan to leave this hard drive at home, just in case something happens to my laptop or older hard drive. I plan to transfer everything from my older hard drive (about 800gb of stuff) to my new hard drive, so it's going to take a while to transfer everything. Is it safe to have 2 different hard drives connected to your laptop to do date transfers? I'm worried that because this will take such a long time to transfer everything, my older hard drive will crash and loose all my data. It's a Seagate Go Flex 1tb hard drive that's a little over 1 year old.

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#2 GreenGiant117


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 12:36 PM

You shouldn't have any issues, as long as the hard drives are in working order it should just run, make sure not to move the drives much (completely unmoving if possible) while tranferring and it should be fine.


One thing though, if both hard drives are "portable" meaning they are powered via USB rather than plug into the wall I would suggest plugging them into far removed ports (one plugged into one side of the laptop, the other plugged into the other side of the laptop) if that is possible. Its not a huge problem, just something that I would prefer to do for power through USB reasons.

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 02:02 PM

And do not forget to have the laptop plugged in to AC power.


I do that sort of thing all the time, Of course I do use AC Powered Externals most of the time.


I would say that You will safe. If You are worried about it however do it in stages. Make sure the drives are secure, No Vibration and room around them for cooling. No Movement.


1 Year is not old. However I do remove the power or turn off drives when not in use. FWIW I use Seagate, Western Digital, Maxtor (Now owned by Seagate as of 2006), And Hitachi External Drives.


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 08:39 PM

I backup from external to external HD from time to time. Never had an issue...


Can't see that you would either.

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 10:10 PM

It is workable. I never encountered issues~~~

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