Keeping the backup drive plugged into your computer puts it at great risk of being rendered useless at any time.
1 – If your computer gets hit with a successful virus or ransomware attack, every drive that’s connected to the machine could well be rendered completely useless, and that includes the drive containing your backups.
2 – If your computer gets taken out by a lightning strike there’s a chance the power surge will take out the backup drive as well.
3 – If your computer gets destroyed in a house fire your backup drive will go up in smoke right along with it.
t’s relatively easy to ensure that your backup drive will be available when you need it.
Simply disconnect it and store it in a good fire-proof and water-proof lock box.