Sorry if this is an annoyingly ignorant topic…
A little background. My wife bought a My Cloud (2TB). Originally we were just going to get a regular extrenal hard drive, and I probably wouldn’t have opted for this fancy thing if I was doing the comparison shopping, but now that we have it, I’m kind of looking forward to using its capabilites. However, we have a logistical problem: power.
Our apartment is very old and there are no power outlets in the hallway. Our router is in the hallway but the landlord specially drilled a hole through thick concrete walls (into the garage) so the router could be connected to power and the phone company’s box. Obviously, we didn’t realize that this device has to remain connected to the router.
Some reading this might be thinking: “ever heard of an extension cord?” Yes, indeed, I have. But this solution isn’t attractive because the two nearest outlets would mean a) having a clunky wire in front of the door to the most high traffic room in the house (and we have 3 small kids), or b) not being able to close the bathroom door.
This brings me (finally) to my question: Is it bad to frequently connect/reconnect the device? I’m thinking I can just use it as a normal external hard drive, and then when we leave for any significant duration, connect it to the router to take advantage of the “cloud” capabilities. Unfortunately, there’s no “safely eject device” or even power button with this. So that’s why I’m wondering if I’m going to risk damaging the data if I do this too much.
Advice would be appreciated!
p.s. I also tried connecting the device directly to my iMac with the ethernet cord. This worked in one way, but then if I don’t want to leave my computer on all the time (which I don’t) I can’t access the cloud with mobile devices anyway, so there isn’t much point to that either.