Conclusion On External Hard Drive - If any external drive is left connected on the computer system it might not face any risk of being attacked by virus or malware but it is possible if your computer system has any infection of virus.
I have an external hard drive which I use to save my data for back-up but I left it parmanently connected to my USB port. I often worry for the occurence of virus and malwares on my external hard drive’s content if I leave it connected to the computer. Am I taking any risk by leaving my external hard drive connected on my computer? Will it create any problem for me regarding the attack of virus etc. on the data of my external hard drive?
Actually it may be any risk or may not. Now-a-days viruses are being designed in the way to particular ly attack any specific part of data, means they are designed for specific purpose. There is no any virus which can attack and destroy any content totally. But yes, it’s possible for a particular ly designed virus that it can corrupt the data of every external device which is being connected with computer.
So let’s discuss that what are the ways currently viruses are using to corrupt the data:-
- A virus generally work to make any file unreadable or un-utilisable.
- Virus often send spam on the data in order to steal informations.
- Virus often has tendency to copy itself onto the computer system.
There is a chance of infection of virus or malware if your computer system is infected with virus. Your external hard drive may has risk of having infection of virus if your system is infected with them while there is less chance of corruption of external drive’s content than it will become the carrier of virus and might infect the other system also if connected with the other computer.
I too often leaves my external hard drive connected to my system and it does not undergo virus infection but the condition is that my system should be clean and free from any kind of virus or malware infection.