Turn Firewire drive off or leave it on?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by barrettd, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. barrettd macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2003
    Oklahoma City
    I just dropped my 200GB hard drive into a Firewire drive enclosure, but I never thought about whether or not to leave it powered up all the time or eject it and turn it off when I'm not using it. I'm using it to store media (movies, music, etc.) so I don't need to access it all the time. I want to do what's best for the drive and I don't know if leaving it on whenever the computer's (PM DP1.8) on is a good idea. What do you do with your external drive?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says....I usually keep mine powered off and only turn them on when I need them....oh yeah!
  3. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I have my OWC Mercury Elite external firewire on 24/7 along with my G4. I'm folding. Never have really heard any opinions one way or the other. My thought is that the startup on a mechanical item also causes wear and tear.
  4. zim macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2002
    My externals are always plugged in. They spin down, and sleep when not in use so I see no reason as to why I should unplug or turn them off. My oldest drive is roughly 2 yrears old. Same goes for the computers, when not in use, I let them sleep.
  5. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    I eject the drive and turn it off. My enclosure is so damn loud, I just can't stand its humming along next to my whisper quiet iMac G4.

    Not sure if this adds any extra wear & tear to the drive...anyone? I probably only use the drive once a week.
  6. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    If the drive is powered off, you don't have to worry about the possible (albeit extremely unlikely) damage caused by some sort of virus or catastrophic system failure

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