I have a 2TB hard drive that has to plug into an outlet. Is it bad to leave it on 24/7 even though it's just sitting idle?
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The hard drive probably stops spinning when idle so it should be OK. I have a 2 TB Hitachi drive and it completely shuts down when the device it's connected to gets turned off. The HD is connected to a media player.
I'm pretty sure it spins while it's plugged into the power (it has no on off switch) regardless of whether or not I'm reading or writing