Leaving external hard drives on?

  exdragon 23:04 12 Jun 2010
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Hi - I've just had a momentary power cut which naturally turned off all my computer stuff in the middle of what I was doing. I've got everything plugged into an Intellipoint 1click, including a couple of external drives and two printers.

I usually switch on/off the external drives and printers manually, because I thought you had to remove the drives via the 'Safely remove hardware' option in the System Tray, and each time the printers go on and off, they use ink doing a cleaning routine.

Also, I use Acronis to back up to the externals, but if I schedule the back ups and the drives aren't turned on, of course the back up doesn't happen.

Getting into a bit of a mess, aren't I!

So - do I leave everything on all day or do as I have been doing, manually turning the drives and printers on and off as required?

At least I backed up everything yesterday...

  jack 12:25 13 Jun 2010

Individual needs and perceptions
For example if your printer[s] do a clean every power up - then it is wise to leave on.
Drives are a matter of choice I feel.
There are those 'Econo' socket strips that split between stand by and fully off- intended for TV/Recorder use.
Also another unswitched socket strip connected to the mains then the switched socket strip to the first strip may be an answer - connect on all the time the first strip all else to the switched strip.

  rdave13 12:55 13 Jun 2010

I'd think about investing in an UPS then at least you will have time to shut down properly if power off for some time. With a momentary power cut then the UPS takes over and nothing crashes.

  exdragon 16:27 13 Jun 2010

Yes, that was another thought. I'll probably wait til it happens again!

  karmgord 19:47 14 Jun 2010

the smart socket switches the peripherals off AFTER the computer powers down,this makes it safe for usb devices

  exdragon 22:14 14 Jun 2010

Ah - I didn't realise that, I thought it just turned off everything simultaneously. Thanks for that clarification.

  woodchip 23:27 14 Jun 2010

If windows is turned off first it does not hurt to pull the plug on the drives

  robin_x 23:47 14 Jun 2010

My Canon Printer takes less than 1W on standby. I never turn it off.

My Seagate 500GB ext desktop USB drive takes a few Watts. But it goes into Standby itself after 5 mins and takes bugger all.

Get a plugin LCD Power Meter from your local Pondshop and wander round your house measuring where your elec is going.

  gazzaho 06:41 15 Jun 2010

I don't believe it's imperative to use Safely Remove Hardware before removing a device. I've never had a USB drive or any other device lose data or become corrupt because I forgot to do it, I just make sure the device isn't being accessed before I remove it.

In saying that however it wouldn't be a bad idea to get into a habit of using it as a precaution, to be honest I more often than not just forget to use it.

Here's a link explaining the need for it (click here)

  Boghound 07:52 15 Jun 2010

Buy a proper UPS....Just hibernate the system at night....Re-boot at once a week...Switch your external drives off unless needed...I live in a hot country and the external drives don't have fans and get hot....Stuff the environment as far as power saving is concerned.

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