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is it ok to leave an external hard drive plugged into the computer all the time?


asked Sep 18 '11 at 11:47

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Your shift key broken?

(Sep 18 '11 at 11:54) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

Yes, the USB has a very short lifespan and over time it will fail. Extend the life of yours by unplugging it when it is not in use.

answered Sep 18 '11 at 12:35

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I'm going to say no because, I do this all the time when I'm transferring 40gb or more of data and runs just fine.

There is no lag nor does the hard drive get really warm.

answered Sep 18 '11 at 12:32

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no you will not have any more issues with a usb hdd as you would an internal one.

answered Sep 18 '11 at 12:44

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