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MrMister111
Sep 26, 2010, 02:22 PM
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I've read a bit about switching off aTV and standby (not really a standby). But is it safe to just unplug the aTV at any time when not using it?

I know PCs and Macs spin down the HDD etc so when powering down it's safe, but what about the aTV? I sometimes don't use for a week so prefer for it not to be on for heat issues/wear etc? But I am worried about switching it off when HDD is "not ready" or unit etc

Cheers



mike457
Sep 26, 2010, 02:26 PM
The ATV does not spin down the drive. However, I've never found any damage to the device by unplugging it.

Arnieaz
Sep 26, 2010, 02:40 PM
It had better be!
Since that's the only option.

Sean Dempsey
Sep 26, 2010, 02:43 PM
My AppleTV is plugged into the power outlet on the back of my Yamaha Receiver, which turns on and off with the receiver.

So when the receiver is off, the plug is off, which means the AppleTV is powerless. When the receiver comes on, the AppleTV spins up and I get the welcome video.

I've done this thousands of times probably, no problems. It reduced the heat in my Entertainment Center from like 110F to 80F.

BoulderBum
Sep 26, 2010, 04:11 PM
Similar to Sean, I have my Apple TV hooked up to a power strip that I switch on and off multiple times daily.

The Apple TV is still going strong!

MrMister111
Sep 26, 2010, 04:53 PM
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Great thanks for replies, I had heard to leave I powered on, but sometimes I don\\\'t use for a week at a time.

I would prefer to switch off at mains as heat off it is a lot. So for eg if i switch off at 11pm, I won\\\'t need it again till 6pm next day.

So as long as I\'m not syncing or streaming is it ok to pull the plug at any time?
Cheers

mike457
Sep 26, 2010, 06:01 PM
Yes. Even if you are syncing or streaming, it's no problem. The streaming will just stop, and the syncing will resume the next time you power up with iTunes on.

Big-TDI-Guy
Sep 26, 2010, 06:06 PM
It's a tricky conundrum, pulling power is better for the environment and reduces power consumption.

However, some power supplies don't play well in that manner - I'm sure everyone has plugged in a TV or amplifier and saw the lights flicker for a second - that's a huge current draw (even though it is short) but still puts a bit of a pounding on power supplies....

The new Apple TV at least looks to be very tiny, so at least the capacitive surge will be fairly light...