Long-term effects of continued usb hard drive use Tags: Hard Drives Computer Usb Storage Last response: April 16, 2010 11:55 PM in Storage Share emolasses April 16, 2010 9:37:06 PM Hello, I was wondering if there are any negative effects to keeping a usb hard drive continuously connected to a computer that is on all the time? Are usb hard drives generally meant to only be connected for short periods of time? Any help would be appreciated, thanks! More about : long term effects continued usb hard drive | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Anonymous April 16, 2010 10:09:58 PM I don't think it would be any different for a hard disk on a USB link compared to one connected up inside the computer. There may be heat issues if the enclosure is small and unventilated. | Report abuse sminlal Storage Expert April 16, 2010 10:49:13 PM Nope, shouldn't be any issues. If the USB drive is properly designed, heat shouldn't be an issue. But that doesn't necessarily mean that they're all properly designed... | Report abuse emolasses April 16, 2010 11:55:48 PM great, thank you for the help! | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>Long-term effects of continued usb hard drive use> Related ressources: ForumLong-term all-purpose $1500US PC (gaming, encoding, etc) ForumAttack effects ForumOverclocking and Long-term usage ForumUSB or Not to USB Floppy Drive ForumIs this a good build for Adobe C5 Premiere/After Effects PC? Forum1000-1200.00 build for extensive 3dsmax/zbrush/after effects use ForumXP License on removable drive ? ForumAMD Steamroller speculation... and expert conjecture ForumNew ( long-term ) i7 Gaming Build ForumToshiba Satellite A200 Random Shutdown ForumPOST issue on GA-P55-UD3R? ForumWill i be receiving "bottle-neck" like effects with this build ForumWise to use HDD as offline storage? ForumWise to use HDD as offline storage? ForumHard Drive problem on X58A-UD3R ForumAnyone use Acronis Drive Image 7.0? Forum1 HDD vs. 2 HDD RAID-0 ForumDrive not detected ForumStoring movies on single hard drive vs raid 0 ForumHelp With Rosewill Hard Drive Dock More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !