Should I unplug my external hard drive when not in use?
Most of them will have a power switch, just shut it off when not in use(for the drive’s lifespan this is the same as unplugging it.).
Unplugging(At the wall outlet side) is not a bad idea if you are worried about power surges, but even those depend on the kind of switch the card drive enclosure has..
How long can external hard drive stay on?
three to five yearsThe simplest answer is that they can run smoothly for three to five years. This means any HDD, whether it’s external or inside of a system.
Can I leave my Seagate plugged in?
Yep its safe, I leave my 2tb plugged in all the time, and no problems. I’ve mine plugged in like forever, and it’s all fine.
Do external hard drives drain battery?
Try to reduce the number of accessories plugged into the laptop that can be draining its power, such as an external hard drive. Connected peripherals can be a factor in eating away at its battery life.
Can I leave my external hard drive connected?
It’s ‘OK’, you won’t cause any damage to the drive keeping it plugged in under normal conditions. However, there is always the looming threat of a power surge which could do some damage to not just the drive but everything else as well.
What happens if I unplug my external hard drive?
When you use external storage devices like USB flash drives, you should safely remove them before unplugging them. If you just unplug a device, you run the risk of unplugging while an application is still using it. This could result in some of your files being lost or damaged.