My wife and I used to share an external USB hard drive for backups, but it became too small for us both to use effectively. So I've just bought myself a new 1TB mains-driven external USB drive.
It's connected and working fine, but the drive has no on/off switch. It detects when the computer starts up and starts itself at the same time. Likewise, it stops when the computer is switched off.
After a few minutes of not being used, I can hear it stop spinning, although it remains on, but every time I open Windows Explorer it spins up again (understandably).
I'm not sure whether it's good for this drive to be running all the time. I image my computer with Acronis once a week, but otherwise the drive is just idle. Will it be harmed or subject to un-necessary wear by running when it's not needed?
rdave13 - if the mains wall socket was easily accessible, I'd probably have done that without bothering to start this thread. But it's buried behind my desk and needs a much younger man to scramble underneath to access it!