Leaving hard drives plugged in

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

  1. HenryHealy macrumors member

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    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?

    Cheers
     
  2. Lucion macrumors newbie

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    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

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    Agreed - there should not be any issue at all leaving it plugged in.
     

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