How durable are iMac G5 USB ports?

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  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I like to religiously back up my home directory on my Rev B, but I prefer not to leave the backup (usually a small external hard drive, sometimes a flash disk) permanently attached, lest it
    A) gets fried by the same lightning strike that fries my iMac, or
    B) gets stolen along with my iMac

    I'm worried that daily connect/disconnect cycles are going to wear out the ports and damage them. It requires substantial force to unplug them; they "pop" out rather than smoothly disconnecting using very low force.
     
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    mad jew

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    They really should be fine. I know what you mean though, the USB ports on my iMac do seem particularly tight. Let's hope this thread doesn't start gettin' all dirty on us...
     
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    robbieduncan

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    If you are worried buy a cheap USB2 hub and leave that plugged in and wear out the ports on that!

    I would expect that the ports are designed to cope with stuff being plugged in and removed though...
     
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    eXan

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    I think that USB ports are MENT to be consantly used (plug in wires and plug out), its not like some prehistoric ports that required restart after device connect. (excluding monitor connectors on GPU). So i guess its fine to plug in and out constantly on iMac (I do this myself very often)
     
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    kwajo.com

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    I wouldn't worry about it, as others have siad, they are meant to be used fairly frequently. I once had a similar concern about my Powerbook, but I stopped worrying about it because life's too short. personally I prefer ports like you described that require a bit of force, it make me feel re-assured that the cable will stay seated properly, a nice firm connexion
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    robbieduncan

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    I already said that 6 and a bit hours ago! :D


    I still think it's quite a good idea as you can have the hub where it's easy to reach and you can see what you are doing
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    whoops - scanned thru too quickly...
     

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