Just bought my first external hard drive today (Seagate 250GB) and would like to know of any tips you may have on how to best look after it.
A few questions that first came to mind include:
* Viruses/spyware etc can no doubt be copied when backing up my internal HD, so a frequent virus scan of my external HD is recommended?
* Do they need to be defragmented like your internal HD?
* How do external HD's handle frequent power ups? Is it best to turn it on/off as little as possible?
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Plug in the external drive you wish to encrypt:
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