There seems to be conflicting advice on whether or not to use surge protectors to power external drives. Some say surge protectors can reduce voltage to the drive if too many devices are plugged into the power strip. Other say definitely plug it into a surge protector or battery backup.
Another idea mentioned is to always plug it directly into a wall socket.
I have two external drives that were plugged into the Surge side of a battery backup, and they both recently failed. Our office has frequent power outages. Now I’m thinking they should have been been plugged into the Battery side of the battery UPS - or even have their own dedicated UPS.
I would love to know what the official Western Digital advice is on this topic.
Thanks - Sam