Leaving hard drives plugged in

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by HenryHealy, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. HenryHealy macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2011
    Hey guys,

    I'm just wondering if it does any damage to leave a portable hard drive plugged into your computer indefinitely. Will do damage as opposed to leaving a desktop hard drive plugged in indefinitely. I know the point of a portable hard drive is just to grab stuff as you need it but should you always leave a desktop drive plugged in?

  2. Lucion macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2008
    I have a portable drive (Western Digital Passport Essential 1TB) plugged into my system with all of my iTunes media on it and I have never unplugged it. I don't turn my computer off and it is fine. Most drives will actually go to sleep if left idle for a time.

    My entire system has been running off of an external drive since January (iMac drive died) and runs fine.
  3. dhartung02 macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2007
    Little Rock, AR
    Agreed - there should not be any issue at all leaving it plugged in.

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