February 23rd, 2012, 09:37 PM
Keep external harddrive plugged in?
I just bought an external harddrive for my iMac. I am wondering can I just place all of my work on the external harddrive and then unplug it? Or should I keep it plugged in to my iMac all the time?
The reason I bought it was so I can transfer work between my iMac and laptop, and so I can backup my work every month. But now I have been reading that I should keep it plugged in to my iMac whenever am I using it.
So anyone have any better knowledge for me? Can I just plug it in when I want to use it, or should I keep it plugged in all the time?
February 24th, 2012, 11:30 AM
Is data being written to it through some backup/replication process? If you just access it manually you only need to plug it in when you're using it. If there's an automated process that backs files up for you, it might not be a bad idea to keep it plugged in when you're sitting there. Just don't think you have to carry it with you everywhere or something.
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February 25th, 2012, 11:19 PM
No it's not.
Originally Posted by AdamPI
Okay thanks, appreciate it
March 10th, 2012, 08:31 PM
If there is data being writing to it always or data is being transferred from it always then keep it plugged in. If you are just copy and moving files away then once you are done using it you can unplug it and pit it to the side.
If you are using it just like a data back up storage device then you can unplug it after your work is done.Otherwise You can keep it plugged in.