I have a couple external hard drives I use for backing up data. The way I use them is simply keep them stored until needed, and then I plug them in, let them get recognized and then backup data... I then remove the drive as per protocol and store again.
But I want to start doing auto-backups of some files (using rsync or other programs, scripts, etc... So the question is, if I plug in and mount (on Ubuntu) an external hard drive (a SeaGate FreeAgent Pro MSeries, for example) will this be OK, i.e., will there be an adverse effects to the drive by running it continuously?
Ideally I would get something like a Drobo setup, because these are built for this type of system... But they are expensive.