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Hi ,

My old LaCie 500gb as just died ( lost everything ) so I bought a WD My Book Elite ( 1tb ). I was wondering if it's good to leave it on 24/7 since I upload a lot ( I would put all my torrents on it ) so it would be uploading directly from it. I would also use it as a network HDD.

So is it bad to leave in on during multiple days ? like an internal HDD?

Thanks
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It's not going to hurt it to leave it on, just make sure you have enough ventilation. Put it on a flat surface and if possible lay it flat (platters horizontal).

The problem is turning it off is that most people go crazy and turn it on an off multiple times per day. Electronics heat up and expand like all other objects. Heating up and cooling down so many times per day is the worst thing you can do for any electronics.

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It's not really "bad", but always make sure you have a disconnected backup solution. And ditch that Western Digital enclosure before you write anything to it at all. The USB controller encrypts ALL the data written to it, so if the USB controller dies (and it will eventually), you lose everything that is on that drive.
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It's not going to hurt it to leave it on, just make sure you have enough ventilation. Put it on a flat surface and if possible lay it flat (platters horizontal).
Actually you are better off standing it up - you get much better convection cooling that way. The orientation of the platters makes no difference to drive operation.
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well if it's bad to leave it on for multiple days, I would regard it as a "failed product"
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Actually you are better off standing it up - you get much better convection cooling that way. The orientation of the platters makes no difference to drive operation.
I only buy enclosures that are elevated slightly and only place them on smooth hard surfaces like wood or plastic. You want to refrain from putting them vertical, although it will still work. I don't remember the exact terminology but it's not very good the leave them vertical.

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I only buy enclosures that are elevated slightly and only place them on smooth hard surfaces like wood or plastic. You want to refrain from putting them vertical, although it will still work. I don't remember the exact terminology but it's not very good the leave them vertical.

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As I said, you get better cooling by sitting them vertically. Convection will pull air across the vertical sides of the enclosure and remove far more heat from them than from the top or bottom, and as a result you get better cooling if you have long sides (ie the enclosure standing up).

There is no reason not to put the drive vertical (aside from the fact you are slightly more at risk of knocking it over). Disks do not suffer at all in this orientation, and it has no effect on their life or performance. If you read the datasheets some manufacturers even confirm this (although admittedly not all bother to list it). You will also find many OEMs fit the drives into their cases vertically anyway - if this was a problem, they wouldn't do it...
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