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    Hi,

    One of my external hard drives is a I TB drive that I am not using all of the time. To get longevity from this drive, is it better to disconnect it from my laptop when I am not using it, or does it really make any real difference whether it is connected or disconnected when when the drive is not being used? Thank you for your advice.

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    If the drive is externally powered you should shut it off by using the power switch to the rear of the device just after powering down the laptop. It should then be safe to
    unplug without concern for data loss or corruption. (shutting down the os and laptop properly ensures that no further read/writes are taking place on the drive)
    If the drive utilizes power from the USB port on your laptop, shutting down your laptop should effect a similar response, as long as the laptop is actually powered off properly.

    I would preserve the drive by powering it down and removing it once the laptop is safely powered down.
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    I would right click on the icon for the device on the taskbar and eject it. Once the Safe to remove message is displayed, then remove it until needed next. This will more easily allow the portable to do just that, be portable. It's harder to move it around with the Ext HD connected.
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    Almost all portable drives spin down after some time period. They then use minimal power. Check the manufacturer's site for technical details about the drive.

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    I remove mine when not in use because it adds a few seconds to reboot or power on.

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    I tell people that if an external drive is your backup for data, then it should be removed when not in use.

    If a voltage surge, lightning strike, or theft of your computer happens, then your backup is lost as well as your computer.

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    I use one for back up, and I do have current files on there as well. I leave it on all the time with no problems. It is externally powered.
    Thanks John
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    What good is a backup, if the backup is destroyed when the main drive is also destroyed?
    Any backup should be stored in a separate location form the main drive.

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    Well hi there Dave LTNS!
    Maybe Im just lucky, or whatever. I have had this set up for years and never have had one problem. This is my 3rd external harddrive, only replaced them as I outgrew them.
    One thing that I spare no expense on is a UPS. Here in Oregon what with the winds we get in the gorge, ice storms, whatever, a reliable UPS is a must. The current one I am using is an APC SMT 750. With this I get 17 minutes of run time and if not there it will shut down. Of course, nothing is fool proof. My most sensetive documents are backed up in three different locations automatically, and those on the external drive are password protected using a strong password.
    Do I feel safe? yes.
    Thanks John
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