Is it ok to leave an external hard drive on 24/7?

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  1. ghking macrumors regular

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  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Our one Lacie external drive connected to our little server is left on 24/7/365... probably two years running now.
     
  3. ~J~ macrumors 6502

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    I have a Seagate external that is connected to my AEBS that hasnt been turned off in over 2 months. Never had any issues with it overheating... even when my A/C died for 9 hours in the heat of a Texas day. It has a lot to do with the enclosure though, my Seagate stands upright and is in an aluminum casing, those two factors no doubt help.
     
  4. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

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    Same as mine and the same answer. No problems at all.

    And at work we have high end servers with the drives spinning all the time. They last a couple of years at least and it's hot in that server cabinet!
     
  5. ghking thread starter macrumors regular

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  6. BennyK macrumors 6502

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    I have two HD's on 24/7 and I was worried about the same thing at first. I kept feeling them to make sure they werent two warm, but they never were warm and I never had a problem.
     
  7. ghking thread starter macrumors regular

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    well mine definitely gets really warm, but i was just making sure it wouldnt be bad for it.
     
  8. keirnna macrumors regular

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    You need to install a fan on your drive. Heat is awful for drives.
     

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