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Has Time Machine killed my external Hard Drive?


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I got home from school today put some simpsons on that were on my external drive got to about 4mins on the first episode then it stopped responding. For the past several day time machine has been failing to update i thought it was because my system had been up for 25days but wasn't. So do you think Time Machine lead to early death of my external drive because of having to leave it on 24/7?

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One thing that comes to mind is that TM runs backups every hour, so that means your external is being woken up (as most will power down after a certain idle time) every hour. 24 times a day over 25 days that powering down and up could add some wear and tear to it. A lot would also depend on the age of the drive and the manufacturer.

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