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External HDD questions

by fyreboltx / January 16, 2006 5:35 AM PST

I have a Simpletech 160GB external HDD. It's USB2.0, 7200 RPM, and aluminum case. I got it for a great price: $50 after rebates.

My problem is that I don't know if I'm using it too much... I've never had a external HDD before. I use it for my laptop, it doesn't move around at all except when I go to and from college/home.

It's usually on for at least 6 hours and up to 12 hours everyday. Sometimes I turn it on for a few minutes to get a file and then shut it off again. IIt does get hot if it's continually in use, retrieving/writing/etc.

What I want to know is, is this bad for the HDD? There's no cooling for it so that's what really worries me.

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If the drive is removable. . .
by Coryphaeus / January 20, 2006 4:04 AM PST
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in other words, if it can be removed from the case, spring for a new case with a fan.

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Is the data your putting on the external.HDD..
by VAPCMD / January 25, 2006 1:10 PM PST
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the only copy of the you have ?

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normal
by CompNut / January 27, 2006 4:39 AM PST
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it's normal for moving parts to produce heat, the aluminum case will dissipate the heat evenly (more of the enclosure's surface will transfer it away from the hdd)... you shouldn't move it (as in carrying with you) while it's still hot. A simple solution is to keep it in the room and just plug it in when needed, all other times you carry the laptop only.

Just my 2 cents worth, hope they'll help you

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