Solved Keeping USB3.0 1TB external HDD plugged in 24/7

January 23, 2013 at 19:01:55
Specs: Windows XP
I am using WD 1TB USB3.0 external HDD for backup. I was told that the unit should be disconnected when PC is not being used. Can unit remain plugged into PC all the time?

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January 23, 2013 at 20:29:03
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It is possibly not the best choice, but I have seen it done without any problems on two machines for about 2 years so far (though they are a different brand of external drive). I actually set it up as back up drives, expecting them to unplug the drives normally and also give them the option of taking the back up home when needed. As far as I know, they have never been unplugged and the machines are turned off every night.
If this is a desktop, my choice for a full time back up drive would be a second internal drive, which is what I do personally, or a NAS for a business environment (Windows 7 Pro required for network back ups with built in back up software).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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January 25, 2013 at 10:08:37
Leaving the external drive running continuously will expose it to whatever nasties might invade your primary drive.

The only reason to leave connected is if you want your backup to be 100% current. That would still depend on the backup settings.

You can use other media to backup original work you create by saving to two places. Say the normal My Document/* and to say a flash drive, memory card, CDR, etc. I don't recommend flash or memory for long term storage. Just until you allow the external backup software to do its thing.

To add more comments. Losing personal files can happen for many reasons. Theft, fire, hardware/software failure, etc.

The more important the data the more care should be taken with it.

Your kids photos are not replaceable so you shoul maintain three or more copies. One or more offsite.

I burn those types of files to optical disk. Then you can make as many copies as you feel the need. I keep all my original disks of purchased software in a firesafe. I burn a copy when I first receive the disk and install the software using the copy. That way I know the disk is good and I preserve the original.

I also write the keys for software on the disk using a felt tip pen..

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