I have an external 5 TB hdd that's connected to a power strip which I frequently power on and off.
I never turn the hdd off unless it's removed from the computer. However, my concern is just that this hdd requires external power, aside from a USB connection. Will turning it on and off constantly, regardless of whether it's connected to the laptop make any difference?
I can go check with WD customer support to be absolutely sure, but it requires some time-taking calling etc, and it's not all that worth it.