Windows 10: Is it okay to keep my external SSD plugged into my PC all the time?

Discus and support Is it okay to keep my external SSD plugged into my PC all the time? in Windows 10 Gaming to solve the problem; I only use my external ssd for storing games. Whenever I try to eject it, it says some other programs are running that are using the device. Even if I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Gaming' started by Shayaan_0_, Oct 11, 2020.

  1. Is it okay to keep my external SSD plugged into my PC all the time?


    I only use my external ssd for storing games. Whenever I try to eject it, it says some other programs are running that are using the device. Even if I close those programs, or if I sign out of my PC then immediately eject, it also doesn't work. So I just keep it plugged into my computer at all times. Whenever my PC is awake, it always a blue light on its right, but when I put my PC to sleep, the light on the SSD becomes red and then it turns off. Is that normal? Is it safe to keep my SSD plugged into my PC?


    For reference, the SSD is Samsung Portable SSD T5.


    Thank you in advance.

    :)
     
    Shayaan_0_, Oct 11, 2020
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    Ok just because I like steps i am going to create some steps. Please give me the stamp of approval/disapproval
    • Install system in case
      • Remember to connect SSD and optical to same SATA ports on motherboard
    • Turn on PC
    • setup HDD
    • run blend test in prime95 for 30-60 min
      • run realtemp at the same time
    • While in Prime95 test
      • if CPU goes above 70c in RealTemp, I have a leaky CPU
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    anandsap123, Oct 11, 2020
    #2
  3. External SSD recognized as HDD in Windows 10

    Hi,



    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.



    I understand your query related to External SSD showing as HDD when connected to the PC using USB 3.0 port. For further clarity on the issue, please respond to the questions below.



    1. Have you tried connecting the SSD to any other PC?
    2. Are you using any converter to connect the SSD through USB 3.0 port?
    3. Are you using a RAID configuration?


    I have researched on your query and found that the SSD that you are using is an internal SSD drive, in this case I would suggest you to try updating the Intel Rapid Storage drivers from the

    intel website
    and see if that helps.



    In addition, this issue can occur if the SSD is connected to a SATA controller that is identified as RAID (SCSI). I would suggest you to try connecting the SSD to a SATA port that uses AHCI controller such as Intel SATA controller/chipset.



    Please get back to us with the detailed information to assist you further.



    Regards,

    Prakhar Khare

    Microsoft Community – Moderator
     
    Prakhar_Khare, Oct 11, 2020
    #3
  4. Ferdz Amp Win User

    Is it okay to keep my external SSD plugged into my PC all the time?

    Toshiba External USB drives not showing in Explorer or Disk Management Plug-in

    Thank you for the update.

    Looks like your system is unable to detect your external hard drive. Let's see if scanning for new hardware will fix the issue. Follow these steps:

    • Press the Windows key to launch the Start menu.
    • Type in Device Manager and press Enter.
    • Under Device Manager, select Action tab > Scan for hardware changes.
    • Wait for your system to install the generic driver for your device and follow the on-screen instructions.

    If the issue still persists, we suggest that you perform the following recommendations below:

    • Plug in your external USB drives to other USB device port of your system.
    • Use other USB cables for your external device to connect to your system.

    Keep us updated and we will be glad to assist you further.
     
    Ferdz Amp, Oct 11, 2020
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