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  1. #11
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    Re: Portable Hard Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeee View Post
    I turn my computer off every night, but the usb power on mine is there even when it's powered down. (Unless I use the power switch on the back). My wife will use my computer to charge her phone if they are not powered up! lol (I built this computer of parts myself. Her's does not have power on the usb ports when shut down)
    That sure is handy to be able to build your own computer and include whatever you desire! When my laptop shuts off, the USB ports don't have power. Kudos for being so handy!


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    Re: Portable Hard Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    That sure is handy to be able to build your own computer and include whatever you desire! When my laptop shuts off, the USB ports don't have power. Kudos for being so handy!
    Not with that new hub you just bought. It has it's own power, and doesn't rely on your laptop.
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    Re: Portable Hard Drives

    I have a pair of the Samsung solid-state external drives. I'm not much of a computer person... I always figured the safest bet was to remove them after each back-up so that some catastrophic virus or whatever couldn't wreck my notebook and my back-ups!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Not with that new hub you just bought. It has it's own power, and doesn't rely on your laptop.
    And that's why I chose this AC Powered USB Hub! But it's handy that someone can modify their own computer to run however they want. A former laptop had USB ports that ran power even when it was turned off. But honestly I never gave it a thought that one configuration would have its advantages.
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    Re: Portable Hard Drives

    My Mac Mini has been on for probably 7 years, the last 3-4 with a WD Duo attached via USB. It not only works as my main archival location for images using the Duo and Backblaze, but also as the hub for cord cutting via Channels DVR and Plex.
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    Re: Portable Hard Drives

    My primary external hard drives stay on and attached to my desktop computer, while my backup drives are only attached and on when I'm actually making backups. I use small portable hard drives for backups, and have been using powered desktop hard drives for my main drives. I just attached a 2TB SSD for my working Lightroom catalog, and it is certainly faster when uploading pictures and performing certain functions in LR and PS. I still back this up with a portable, regular spinning hard drive.

    I'm sure glad I make regular backups. I recently accidentally erased a whole 3TB drive with pictures from 2015-2017. I had an exact copy on another drive, though, and was able to restore everything just fine. (whew!)

    One reason I never leave my backup drives on and connected is if there was ever a lightening strike of huge power surge, I certainly don't want both my primary and backup drives destroyed at the same time.
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    Re: Portable Hard Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodyg3 View Post
    One reason I never leave my backup drives on and connected is if there was ever a lightening strike of huge power surge, I certainly don't want both my primary and backup drives destroyed at the same time.
    That's a great point to make Woody! I have a whole-house surge protector installed at the main box plus have the Mini plugged into a surge protected power strip.
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    Re: Portable Hard Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodyg3 View Post
    My primary external hard drives stay on and attached to my desktop computer, while my backup drives are only attached and on when I'm actually making backups. I use small portable hard drives for backups, and have been using powered desktop hard drives for my main drives. I just attached a 2TB SSD for my working Lightroom catalog, and it is certainly faster when uploading pictures and performing certain functions in LR and PS. I still back this up with a portable, regular spinning hard drive.

    I'm sure glad I make regular backups. I recently accidentally erased a whole 3TB drive with pictures from 2015-2017. I had an exact copy on another drive, though, and was able to restore everything just fine. (whew!)

    One reason I never leave my backup drives on and connected is if there was ever a lightening strike of huge power surge, I certainly don't want both my primary and backup drives destroyed at the same time.
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    That's a great point to make Woody! I have a whole-house surge protector installed at the main box plus have the Mini plugged into a surge protected power strip.
    Another nod for a good point, Woody! We too have a whole house surge protector at the box (only helps to prevent surges from outside but not from inside). My PC and anything related to it are plugged into a surge protector power strip like Eduard mentioned.
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