Dismiss Notice

Welcome To SNBForums

SNBForums is a community for anyone who wants to learn about or discuss the latest in wireless routers, network storage and the ins and outs of building and maintaining a small network.

If you'd like to post a question, simply register and have at it!

While you're at it, please check out SmallNetBuilder for product reviews and our famous Router Charts, Ranker and plenty more!

Hard Drive plugged in 24/7?

Discussion in 'ASUS N Routers & Adapters' started by dazz87, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. dazz87

    dazz87 Occasional Visitor

    Nov 30, 2012
    Hey Guys

    Just wondering do you guys leave your hd that is connect to your router 24/7? Or do you turn it off (unmount) when its not in use? I have a 2tb on a docking station and kinda scare to leave it on all day when not in use. Is it safe, to leave it on? I know that Merlin firmware does spin down the drive when its not in use. Thanks
  2. deniaron

    deniaron Occasional Visitor

    Jan 2, 2013
    I would say it's completely up to you.

    I've installed optware and created a swap partition on my external HDD so I kinda forced myself to keep it on 24/7. (Since I'm not powering off my router.)

    The HDD has been running for a week non-stop now and prior to that it was attached to a raspberry pi which also ran 24/7 as a media center. So far no issues, but perhaps more experienced people can state otherwise.

    Just my 2 cents..
  3. RocketJSquirrel

    RocketJSquirrel Senior Member

    Jul 25, 2012
    California, USA
    I leave mine on all the time. Disks like to spin.

Share This Page