Hello there. Since recently i’m a proud owner of a 2TB My Boook USB 2.0/USB 3.0. I’ve installed on my Windows 7(64 bit) PC the WD SmartWare software that came with it. Up till here everything is perfect. My issue is the following. If i leave My Book connected through USB to the PC, it will turn on and off with it, meaning i do not have to press the power button. I tend to turn on and off the computer several times a day or leave it running for various hours and i’m concerned about the external hard drive heating or shortening it’s life by just being ON for long periods of time.
What i would like to find out is if, since i don’t use it regularly, there is a way for me to leave My WD external hard drive connected to my PC and, instead of having it powered on with my computer, turn it on myself through the power button on the back whenever i need. Thanks.
P.S.: I know i can just leave the hard drive unplugged to the USB but connecting and disconnecting with every use is not an option since the USB ports of the PC are quite hard to reach. Thanks again