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Solved: Portable Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by brownr, Feb 7, 2014.

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  1. brownr

    brownr Thread Starter

    Feb 7, 2014
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    I bought a Toshiba Canvio Connect 1.0 TB Portable External hard drive. When connected via the USB port there is movement inside the unit. Can this be left connected to my desktop PC or should I disconnect? I want to use this as my back up location as my D drive is not large enough. Thanks.
  2. pcunite


    Jan 24, 2012
    It'll work but never move it while connected.
  3. Dougx789


    Apr 6, 2010
    The Toshiba Canvio Connect is what is known as a portable external hard drive. This means that it's plug&play with no external power needed, it's light weight and compact.

    Portable external hard drives rely on heat dissipation. This means they should be used for a short period of time then left to cool. They are designed for light transfers (MBs rather than GBs of data). They are not designed to be constantly connected to a computer. If you leave it constantly connect you run a very high risk of the drive failing.

    If you require a external drive which can be left plugged in for extended periods of time and/or be used for heavy transfers, you want a desktop external hard drive. These have an external power supply and cooling making them much more suitable for heavy usage.

    For long term usage you would be a lot better of with a internal hard drive, especially if you want to leave it plugged in constantly.

    Your Portable external hard drive

    A Desktop external hard drive

    A low powered Internal hard drive (ideal as a back-up drive)

    (The Western Digital Green range is designed as a low powered drive which is quite and more reliable.)
  4. brownr

    brownr Thread Starter

    Feb 7, 2014
    Thank you so much.
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