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external hard drive power supply

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Last response: in Storage
December 11, 2013 12:13:30 PM

does it matter if you keep an external hard drive with its own power supply plugged in when not in use (as in not connected to a computer at all)? cause i figure if it did there would be trouble with power outages and moving the hard drive. but I'm asking to be safe.

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a b G Storage
December 11, 2013 1:43:49 PM

Yes you can keep it plugged in all the time. Though you may lose data from a power outage, the hard drive will act the same as if you just turned your computer off by holding the power button. However, if the hard drive is not on a surge protector, then you may fry the hard drive all together from a lightning strike or a power outage. (unlikely but definately can happen.
I had iffy power in my old apartment, fried my HDD that way...