And these devices are not "storage" but a copy of your stuff. If you don't keep spare copies you may be upset when these things fail.
It's not if it will fail, but when.
Hello. I am trying to maintain my external Hard Drive ( http://www.lacie.com/ca/products/product.htm?pid=11014 ) as best I can to avoid crashing and losing my data. I learned that when the drive won't be used it's best to eject it from the computer, then power it off, then unplug the power from the hard drive. I was wondering what part is best to unplug? The plug part that goes into the back of the drive? The part that connects to the ac power supply from the wall, or the plug that goes into the wall?
Also does defragging an external hard drive give it a better chance of not crashing?