A friend of mine has just bought A Belkin Wireless-N router that has a USB connector for a Network Drive. The router lives in the loft so the USB network drive would have to be there as well. This means manually powering down the drive is not a convenient option.
I was wondering about whether the hard drive attached (in its enclosure) is continually 'running' while the router is switched on? ….. or is it 'started up' whenever a computer on the network attempts to access it?
My reasoning is this. The router is on 24/7 so IS the network drive also 'turning' 24/7. If this is the case the I would assume the life of the drive would be limited.