External firewire HD refuses to spin-down.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Zoowatch, May 20, 2006.

  1. Zoowatch macrumors 6502

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    I am using LaCie Brick Mobile.

    It is connected to my Mac using 6 pin firewire cable.

    But the external HD refuses to spin-down.

    This hard drive is very quiet.

    But if I place my hand on top of the drive, I can feel a slight vibration caused by the spinning HD.

    There is no on/off button in this external HD.

    I would like to let it spin down after a period of inactivity to prolong its life.

    Can anyone suggest a way to do that?
     
  2. kewpid macrumors regular

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    In the Energy Saver preference pane, is the "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible" checkbox ticked?
     
  3. Zoowatch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok thanks

    that should solve the problem
     
  4. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    actually, starts and stops are what wear a hard drive down, not the usage. not that you should leave it running 24/7, but intentionally stopping and starting it will shorten it's life, not prolong it.
     
  5. disconap macrumors 68000

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    Very true.

    I have the same issue with m my external FW drive. Oddly, when I eject it from my tower (via firewire), it keeps spinning, but when I eject it from my laptop (via USB2.0), it DOES spin down. Never quite figured that one out.
     

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