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Harddrive Caddy

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jicojani, Apr 14, 2005.

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  1. jicojani

    jicojani Thread Starter

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    What is the best way to shut down a USB hard drive caddy? I have a 120gig hardrive in my caddy and am wondering if after I do the safely remove hardware should I then be shutting down the power on my caddy or should I leave it on until I shut down my computer. Also sometimes it will not shut down that way because it says the system is busy and the only way I can shut it down is to turn off the power switch. Could somebody please tell me the safest way to turn on and off this caddy so I don't do harm to my harddrive. Thank you so much.
     
  2. DaveBurnett

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    Safely remove. Remove USB connector, turn off power to disk.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    Actually, I don't believe there's any reason to disconnect the USB connection. I leave my stack of backup drives connected all the time, I just use the Remove option, then flip the power off.
     
  4. crjdriver

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    I do the same thing with mine. Just leave it plugged in and have the os safely remove the device. After that I just switch it off.
     
  5. DaveBurnett

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    I use my USB drives as portable drives to take elswhere. If I want an extra permanent drive I use IDE caddies. :) ;)
     
  6. JohnWill

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    I use drive caddies for the ability to swap drives around, but my off-line backups are still on my stack of USB drives. Drives in the drive caddies are on-line all the time, and thus are subject to any damage that might occur from power surges, virus infections, etc. OTOH, my backups only get switched on to do the actual backup, then they're turned off again.
     
  7. DaveBurnett

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    My point was that I have to unplug the USB in order to transport it!! :)
     
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    Well, that would depend on how long your USB cable is, wouldn't it? :D
     
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