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Dance Host
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Oct 9, 2019

External Drive Degradation

I have heard that data on a drive deteriorates over time.

Is it the data that degrades or the drive or maybe both?

Thanks
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austintexasdj
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Re: External Drive Degradation

couldn't degrade any faster than your computer does, and it works harder.. I'm sure it doesn't hurt to update harddrives every couple of years..
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Re: External Drive Degradation

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HardDrives either work or fail they rarely deteriorate. Either the platters, (where the data is stored) or the controller circuit board fail. There is little chance of recovery from either of these failures.

I carry two identical mains powered external hard drives to very gig. It takes moments to swap out the hard drive and power supply in the event of malfunction.

Happened to me once, hopefully if it happens again I will be ready.

Andy
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Re: External Drive Degradation

How effective are the non-powered drives?

Do they have fewer advantages than the powered?
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Re: External Drive Degradation

Non powered drives take their power through the usb connection of the laptop.
IMO they are suitable for small transfers of data but NOT suitable for continual access.
Too much strain on the usb bus bar.

Andy