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Do I need to keep the external hard drive always on?

I just need to know what is recomended for this hard drive.

To leave it on

Or to turnit off every time iam not using it.



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That is a personnal Preference some would say turn off while I always leave mine on. I use externals for backups for off site backup the only time they are turned off is when I rotate them to the next building. The safe thing to do is fi you have something you want on that extrenal harddrive make sure you have it saved in another location as well sometimes harddrive just stop working.

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