Airport Extreme (n) and External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by kolax, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. kolax macrumors G3

    kolax

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    Managed to get all this setup within a matter of minutes - was fantastic. However, I'm concerned about my external drive; when plugged into my Mac, the drive automatically goes into a standby mode if inactive. This greatly preserve the lifespan of the drive and prevent other problems. Unfortunately, when connected with AirDisk, the drive never goes into standby mode.

    Have I missed some sort of setting that allows this in the Airport Utility?

    My hard drive is an Iomega 320Gb.


    Cheers :)
     
  2. skunk macrumors G4

    skunk

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    No, this is what happens, as the AEBSn is not a computer. Actually, you're lucky to get it working at all.
     
  3. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

    kolax

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    Ahh right. So best thing to do is to turn the drive off when it's not being used?

    What about unmounting the drive etc before I turn it off - does simply ejecting it from my Mac desktop (assuming no one else is connected) allow a safe turn off?

    Reason for my concern is that I've already had to replace one of my external hard drives due to disc failure (either the fact that I left it on 24/7 or that it had a wee tumble).
     
  4. skunk macrumors G4

    skunk

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    That should work in theory. In my case, it did not. My drive would not mount again, then my printer disappeared.
     

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