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I have a Verbatim 500GB external hard drive, and I'm thinking about putting games on it and bringing it to school. Will having this in a backpack which is moved somewhat a lot, hurt the drive?

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You shouldn't be playing games at school :/ – evilsoup Aug 22 '13 at 18:42
I refer to a question I answered How does a laptop with HDD function when it's moving? because of the similar nature and the links I provided in there. – Doktoro Reichard Aug 22 '13 at 22:18

If it's a Solid State drive, no it shouldn't be an issue as long as it doesn't take too much abuse. They do make Hard Disk drives which are pretty durable (and designed for transport), but they have moving parts and are far more incined to fail.

Also, keep in mind your school/work may have IT security policies in place against bringing in outside storage (like thumdrives, CD's, and hard drives).

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It is a normal hard drive (not an SSD). – user1438098 Aug 22 '13 at 18:46
If you're not concerned with drive failure, and that you won't be breaking any security policies... Yea, it'll do. But, if you want reliability, get a "rugged" hard drive. – Colyn1337 Aug 22 '13 at 18:48

I used to take my external HD to school, because I had to copy a lot of files (development tools) and downloading them was painful with my slow internet. The drive only broke when I dropped it on the floor at home, and had no failures nor badblocks or anything in almost 1 year of this routine.

I guess it's pretty safe. Of course, I used a very soft backpack and put the drive on a slot solely for it, and took really care of it.

Oh, and take care with viruses, they are a pain.

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Windows != viruses. Security is as weak as the weakest link in its enforcement, in other words generally the user, not the Environment. – AthomSfere Aug 22 '13 at 19:02
I didn't say Windows = viruses, but it's more than common sense that public computers are a virus den and also Windows is much more susceptible to them than Linux, BSD and other systems. I'm not blaming the system, I'm blaming bad faith. – ranisalt Aug 22 '13 at 23:36
Windows is much more susceptible because of user habits, things have changed in the computer world. Your final line suggests there is an incessant problem with Windows, and there is not. – AthomSfere Aug 23 '13 at 13:22
Are you happy now? – ranisalt Aug 24 '13 at 20:24

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