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#1 Andrew

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 01:09 AM

I bought a Maxtor External USB hard drive a little over a month ago. I love having the extra space and such but I'm a little concerned: it never seems to turn off! There is no switch on it, just the port for the power cord and the USB cord.

Should I be concerned that the drive will wear itself out? I rarely use it (I make backups with it, little else). Does it damage it if I disconnect the power to turn it off? (I use the Windows "Safely Remove..." to make sure it's not be written to).

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 01:20 AM

It shouldn't be a problem, think of all the companies that have them running 24/7.

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 03:12 AM

True. But then they have a larger budget than I do :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 04:27 AM

True. But then they have a larger budget than I do :thumbsup:


That's no problem. I've got an external 200gb drive that I've had for well over a year now (closer to 2 years) and I've turned it off maybe 3 times.

It will die when it's ready to (give you something to look forward too huh! :huh: ). It should only be "spinning" when it's being accessed by Windows (or whatever program is using it), so it's not spinning all the time, so it shouldn't harm anything at all by having it on all the time. :huh:
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 09:12 AM

Put your ear up against the case after the drive has been sitting for a while (about 20 minutes I'd guess). Can you hear the hard drive spinning? If not, then it's likely that it has an autoshutdown feature.

My W-D external has the shutdown, but it has a light to indicate it's status - it is reassuring to see that the drive isn't constantly on.
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