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General question regarding a failed external HD

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I had a Seagate Portable USB Hard drive fail on me. I was using it only when I needed it and I would eject it via Windows when I did not and unplug it. Was there anything I did wrong, I had another one fail one me and I ran that one every time I used my laptop but that was a desktop HD with own power adapter. I was told with the latter I ran it too much and that is why it failed. Is there something I did wrong with the former? I am asking this because I just would rather not go through this again.

Edited by RebelGamer137, 26 September 2017 - 02:27 PM.

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No matter what you do it can fail.


Turning it on and off can cause harm due to the heat cycles. Leaving it on all the time can cause problems due to the constant heat. Sometimes it fails due to what is termed infant mortality. A majority of devices last a long time, but some die early and some last a really long time.


In some cases what fails is the usb interface and the drive might be fine, but you would have to take the drive out of the case and attach it by another means to access the data.


The main thing is to not have it too hot when you use it. The device also needs good airflow, which is why I personally would suggest getting a disk and a separate external case with a fan.


I don't know if that help, but it is what it is.

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