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External HD

Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:49 am

Would like to have some feedback on the member's use of their external
hard drives.

Namely, do you leave them connected 24/7, and also do you know whether
or not they automatically spin down after some period?

Regards spin-down, I know of no way to control this [if you wanted to]
as you can with internal drive. Any thoughts?

AlanD

Re: External HD

Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:04 am

Alan,

I turn mine on for about 30 minutes each week. For a secondary backup.

Re: External HD

Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:23 pm

On 2013-06-19 5:04 AM, Brian K wrote:
> Alan,
>
> I turn mine on for about 30 minutes each week. For a secondary backup.
>
>
that's been my modus operandi, but "turning on" means plugging in USB
cable and then disconnecting.

I am not thrilled with even sporadic wear and tear on my USB ports, so
started thinking about whether or not it might be prudent just to leave
the drive connected 24/7.

too bad the external drives don't come with an on/off switch

Re: External HD

Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:06 pm

Mine is eSATA powered by AC. I just turn off the power at the main switch.

But for USB drives, I do remove them from the computer.

Re: External HD

Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:45 pm

On Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:23:43 PDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
AlanD <40range@embarqmail.com> disturbed my reverie and wrote:

>too bad the external drives don't come with an on/off switch

And that is why I never buy them. It is bad enough when the power
switch is on the back, but I do not think it is a plus for the drive
to turn on with my PC.

My *favourite* external hard drive is the Samsung Story - power switch
at the front and auto spin down. Their USB 3 model was a casualty of
their sellout to Seagate.

I bought a USB 3 enclosure with a power switch so my externals are
always connected, but not always on :-).
--

Cheers,

DrT

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Re: External HD

Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:02 pm

On 2013-06-20 4:45 PM, DrTeeth wrote:
> On Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:23:43 PDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
> AlanD <40range@embarqmail.com> disturbed my reverie and wrote:
>
>> too bad the external drives don't come with an on/off switch
>
> And that is why I never buy them. It is bad enough when the power
> switch is on the back, but I do not think it is a plus for the drive
> to turn on with my PC.
>
> My *favourite* external hard drive is the Samsung Story - power switch
> at the front and auto spin down. Their USB 3 model was a casualty of
> their sellout to Seagate.
>
> I bought a USB 3 enclosure with a power switch so my externals are
> always connected, but not always on :-).
>
The USB 3 enclosure is fine (I have one which only accepts 3.5" drives),
but I also have three different WD Passports, which don't plug into any
enclosure (unfortunately).

I understand that the WD Green drives always spin down.
I cannot verify that.



AlanD

Re: External HD

Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:05 pm

On 2013-06-20 4:45 PM, DrTeeth wrote:
> On Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:23:43 PDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
> AlanD <40range@embarqmail.com> disturbed my reverie and wrote:
>
>> too bad the external drives don't come with an on/off switch
>
> And that is why I never buy them. It is bad enough when the power
> switch is on the back, but I do not think it is a plus for the drive
> to turn on with my PC.
>
> My *favourite* external hard drive is the Samsung Story - power switch
> at the front and auto spin down. Their USB 3 model was a casualty of
> their sellout to Seagate.
>
> I bought a USB 3 enclosure with a power switch so my externals are
> always connected, but not always on :-).
>
I just uncovered this dated April 2013 from WD:

http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1376/session/L3RpbWUvMTM3MTg0ODYxOC9zaWQvM2NBSCpqdGw%3D

Re: External HD

Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:07 pm

On 2013-06-20 4:45 PM, DrTeeth wrote:
> On Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:23:43 PDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
> AlanD <40range@embarqmail.com> disturbed my reverie and wrote:
>
>> too bad the external drives don't come with an on/off switch
>
> And that is why I never buy them. It is bad enough when the power
> switch is on the back, but I do not think it is a plus for the drive
> to turn on with my PC.
>
> My *favourite* external hard drive is the Samsung Story - power switch
> at the front and auto spin down. Their USB 3 model was a casualty of
> their sellout to Seagate.
>
> I bought a USB 3 enclosure with a power switch so my externals are
> always connected, but not always on :-).
>
Unfortunately, also found this WD article , which applies to me and my
MacBook Pro:

http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1300/session/L3RpbWUvMTM3MTg0ODYxOC9zaWQvM2NBSCpqdGw%3D
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