Do you turn an external hard drive off?

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Do you turn an external hard drive off?
Mar 18, 2013

I bought a 3 tb seagate back up plus ext hard drive yesterday at staples. There's no on or off button that I can find. The manual says not a word about unplugging it. The default setting seems to be let windows manage the power mode. I guess that means that when windows puts my computer to sleep the seagate goes to sleep too? I do manual back ups of my pics every month or may be two.

So is this how I'm supposed to use it? Let it sitting there and windows puts it into sleep mode when my pc is in sleep mode? There seems to be no way for me to know it's in sleep mode. Or would you unplug it from the wall if your not going to use it for 1-2 months? (The manual doesn't tell me to do that). I don't want to shorten it's life. My old WD hard drive recently died on me which was disappointing. That one had an on-off button.

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