How to keep second internal SATA drive from spinning down?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Moof1904, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    I installed a scratch drive in my DP2.5 G5 and during periods of inactivity, the drive spins down. It's not an agonizing annoyance, but it's a bit annoying to return to the computer launch FCP or Photoshop and have to sit there for a second while the scratch drive spins up.

    I've looked in the disk tools utility and can't seem to find a way to address this. Is it a jumper issue on the drive? Is it a firmware issue on the drive?

    The drive is a Seagate
    Capacity: 186.31 GB
    Model: ST3200822AS
    Revision: 3.01
  2. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    In the Power/Energy Settings there's an option to 'spin disk down during inactivity - is this selected?
  3. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2005
    Ottawa, Canada
    It's not a bug, but rather a system default. In the energy saver preference pane uncheck 'Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible.' That applies to panther, but should be featured in tiger aswell, if not a timer for each drive. I remember hearing of a third party app that enabled you to time the spindown for each internal drive, if that is what you had in mind.
  4. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    Your hard drives will last longer if you let them spin down when not in use.

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