Windows 10: Leaving ExtHDD's power connected but not data (USB) connected)

Discus and support Leaving ExtHDD's power connected but not data (USB) connected) in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Hi, all, I have been in the practice of simply disconnecting the USB cables to my backup external (external powered) hdd's, and leaving the power (AC)... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by JDGiants, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. JDGiants Win User

    Leaving ExtHDD's power connected but not data (USB) connected)


    Hi, all,

    I have been in the practice of simply disconnecting the USB cables to my backup external (external powered) hdd's, and leaving the power (AC) to them connected. These drives are only used when I perform a _manual_ backup of my internal data, at which time I re-connect the USB cables. Would it be better to also disconnect the power to these drives (a bit tedious, but...) or do they only spin up when there is a data connection? Time between _manual_ backup varies, but approximately 1/wk. Please elaborate as needed. TIA!

    -JD

    :)
     
    JDGiants, Jan 16, 2021
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  2. twilyth Win User

    Wired LAN connection and USB wireless connection?

    You might be able to bridge the connections, but I'll leave that to one of the network gurus to sort out.

    If you have a wireless N router, you might be better off just using the wireless USB connection. It will depend on a variety of factors.

    Your cabling might be able to handle data rates much higher then what they are technically rated for, so I wouldn't assume that you're limited to 100baseT. It will depend partly on the cabling and partly on the router.

    However even in that case, if your main concern is internet access, that obviously is limited by your ISP. The odds you have something that is 100mbps or higher are pretty slim. But if your main concern is transporting data over your lan, then you should get better than 100mbps speeds over your existing cabling - assuming that the router is rated for higher speeds.

    Wireless N speeds also depend on the router and the dongle. Here is a list of the various data rates you can get with wireless N. As you will see from that link, they can vary from as little as 6.5 to as much as 600mbps.
     
    twilyth, Jan 16, 2021
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  3. Borg 386 Win User
    Connected cars: What happens to your data after you leave your rental


    Have to admit I was surprised that the car retains so much personal data. Something else to worry about *Rolleyes

    Connected cars: What happens to your data after you leave your rental car behind? | ZDNet
     
    Borg 386, Jan 16, 2021
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  4. Brink Win User

    Leaving ExtHDD's power connected but not data (USB) connected)

    Connected cars: What happens to your data after you leave your rental

    Have to admit I was surprised that the car retains so much personal data. Something else to worry about *Rolleyes

    Connected cars: What happens to your data after you leave your rental car behind? | ZDNet
     
    Brink, Jan 16, 2021
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