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« Last Edit: March 24, 2019, 12:29:36 PM by MakersMarc »
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Re: Best practice for backup external drives; plug in or not?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2019, 11:56:34 AM »
if you mean leaving them turned on and connected I say no!  if you were to get ransomware it will encrypt any connected drive.
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At least one backup should be kept in a secure, remote location.

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Unplugged, right? The reallly hard to replace stuff is on a 4tb, is have backblaze, and just ordered another 4b for local backup. Should that backup sit unplugged?
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It's not a great idea to leave a hard drive unused and unplugged for a long period of time.  Occasionally writing some data to it will help refresh the magnetic stuff.  Maybe even re-write the whole thing from time to time.  Here's some info: https://blog.macsales.com/43702-we-bet-you-didnt-know-that-your-hdds-or-ssds-may-need-exercise-too
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Thanks Heathen. Great read and hugely helpful.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2019, 06:10:14 PM by MakersMarc »
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