View Full Version : ext. hd used for extended lenghth of time

18-10-2004, 07:58 PM
i need to d/l a big linux cd image
i was thinking about downloading straight onto my ext. hd
i bought one with a case and a notebook hd in it

if i plugged it in usb and leave it there for a couple of days
would it be alright??
or is keeping an ext. hd on for too long bad for it?
or doesn't it matter at all??

18-10-2004, 08:01 PM
I don't see why leaving it on for two days would hurt it (though don't blame me if it does).

It sounds like it would be a pretty poor harddrive if it can't go for two days without a break.

18-10-2004, 08:02 PM
there is no problem running ti 24/7 as long as it stay cool.

18-10-2004, 08:08 PM

Does it have a secondary power supply?


18-10-2004, 09:34 PM
If its this (http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/thread.jsp?forum=1&thread=52266&message=324940&q=#324940) one, no it does not apparently.

In normal operation a HDD will run 24/7, so leaving it on is not likely to be injurious to its health. As long as its not running too hot, but it should be OK in an external case as it gets no CPU heat on it.

As to your USB being able to sustain the high drain when its already been giving you trouble (as per the link above), thats possibly another story (or have you cured that?)

18-10-2004, 09:59 PM
old be keeping my old comp on to d/l
and it use usb1 so that power problem disappears
since it doesn't disconnect with usb1

hope it won't cause a problem

18-10-2004, 10:01 PM
...1st line supose to read
" i'll be keeping my old computer on to download"

18-10-2004, 10:39 PM
How hot is too hot for a hard drive Godfather?

I have sensors reading:

50C for my Seagate drive
44C for my Western Digital Drive

Within acceptable range?? They are hot to the touch.

18-10-2004, 10:56 PM
My Maxtor is at 27, and my Seagate at 34.

19-10-2004, 07:17 AM
damn.. i don't' even have sensors for my hd....
the ext. hd only feels slightly warm to the touch..

Billy T
19-10-2004, 07:49 AM
> I have sensors reading:
> 50C for my Seagate drive
> 44C for my Western Digital Drive

Get some forced ventilation to them asap azsen.:O

No consumer electronics device likes to cycle that hot, and electro-mechanical devices get even pickier due to lubrication problems. IMHO no hard drive should be anything more than warm to the touch.

Are they generating that heat themselves or is it the result of accumulated heating inside the case from CPU, GPU, PSU etc?


Billy 8-{)

19-10-2004, 09:32 AM
Oh no, they are quite hot to the touch. :O I've got them stacked one on top of the other in the drive cage, which might not allow air to get through... I don't have a front fan either. The problem is there's only really 2 drive spots unless I want to stick one next to the floppy drive.

Everest Home Edition has the sensors in the Computer - Sensor tree.