Em I suppose to turn off my external hard drive ?

By starvista9
Nov 17, 2005
  1. I bought this external hard drive:

    Em I suppose to leave it on all of the time ,even when my PC is off?
    I do not think my external hard drive has a on/off switch, because I cannot find it. There is only a USB jack and a power jack.

    Also if I had to transport my external hard drive, how do I safely shut it down and turn it off?
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    I'd recommend turning it off, as constant usage can wear down the drive. Unplugging it will be fine.

    Windows has a "Safely remove USB storage device" function. It's a little icon down at the bottom in your taskbar tray. You can use this before disconnecting your drive, but as long as you unplug it while there's no disk activity - You should be okay.
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