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#1 MarieBoyer

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 06:58 AM

I have Windows XP Media Center.

I have two external hard drives with data on them (photos and digital video). I have both hooked up through USB 2.0. One is a My Book Premium; the other is a Western Digital (previously an internal drive -- now in an external case).

My question is whether I should keep both on at all times? Should I only turn them on when I know I will need to access the data?

Thanks for any advice.

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 07:29 AM

THat is basicly upto you. It never hurts when you shut them down incidentally.
If you would ask the average user overhere than most of them would confirm they will have the HDD connected and on the whole time.

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:11 AM

Hard drives spin - and that spinning causes wear. Eventually all hard drives fail. Finally, there's a trade off between keeping it spinning and restarting it constantly.

FWIW - I keep my hard drives on my desktop working all the time. For my USB external drives, they're either disconnected when not in use - or they have an automatic shut off feature that shuts them down.
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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:15 AM

My advice is switch it off, say, at bedtime. No point having the disk spinning round causing uneccessary wear-and-tear when it's not going to be used for several hours. That's what I do. Wear-and-tear of a hard disk has as much to do with the platter-bearing as it has the platter itself.

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 11:15 AM

Thanks to everyone! I am a newbie with these. One more follow-up just so I am clear.

Can I turn them on/off while plugged in and computer running?

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 11:26 AM

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