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It is safe to keep a drive in full state for long time???

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Hi.Im just wondering is that safe to keep an External HDD in full state for long time.I mean for Drive Health???Because the SMART softwares warn when a drive is in low space available??

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Steined may mean extended use of a drive while it's 95% full or higher. For a boot drive, I want to stay below 80% full. Going higher will cause severe file (and free space) fragmentation, and force a workout upon the heads to read/write files. This might shorten the life of the drive. It will certainly slow things down.

For a drive in storage (file archiving for example) it doesn't matter how full it is. Go up to 99% if you like.

For a media drive (mostly read from, few writes), I'm OK with 90% full. For a regular working drive, I use the same 80% rule as for a boot drive. Go above 80%, clear it down or buy a bigger drive.

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Agreed, and just remember to safely eject the drive and have the computer on a UPS with automatic shutdown software if you leave the drive on a lot -- USB drives are easily corrupted if disconnected during a write.

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