Can HDDs be On 24/7...?!?

rana_kirti

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Hi,

I had a question regarding the operation of HDDs. Is it safe/alright to keep a HDD running 24/7 ? If for example you had a HDD with Data which you only need to access maybe twice or thrice a week then would you...

1. Keep it inside the CPU Case and let it run 24/7

or

2. Keep it outside in a separate External HDD Enclosure ?

So basically i'm trying to ask is it ok keep HDDs running 24/7 even if you don't need to access it very often ? How many hours is a general life span of a HDD and does running it 24/7 cause more wear and tear than keeping it in an external HDD and only switching it ON when needed ? Is it more reliable to keep a less often used HDD in an external enclosure ?

Regards,

Rana.
 

nasir70

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What is 24/7?Please explain and please suggest me best dard drive brand as i want to buy new one.