Can I back up this way?
September 10, 2011 5:48 AM Subscribe
Do external hard drives need to stay connected to a power source when now in use?
posted by archimago to computers & internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is probably a stupid question, but my house was burglarized and they walked of with my computers. I did not back up my files (I know, I know). I want to buy an external hard drive to back everything up and keep the hard drive hidden away in a closet in case this were to ever happen again. Can I pull out the hard drive and make periodic back ups and then put it back in hiding, or does the hard drive need to remain plugged in to a power source to keep the data intact?
Before you suggest, I don't have the budget to pay a yearly subscription to something like carbonite.