MP: Power down internal drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by tyr2, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

    tyr2

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    I would like to power down an internal drive immedietly following boot. It's just a scratch disk so doesn't need to be powered up when I'm not using it, it's also quite loud which is an irritation.

    I've done the 'noauto' change to /etc/fstab so the volume doesn't automatically mount but at the moment I have to wait until the energy saving stuff kicks in and spins it down.

    Is there any way to power down a disk from the command line? (edit: or indeed anywhere else)
     
  2. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    possibly by going to disk utility and saying "eject" that disk, it won't physically eject, but that might work.
     
  3. tyr2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, it seems 'eject' is grayed out for internal disks unfortunately.
     
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  5. tyr2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Unmounting is fine in that it does power it down eventually. I was just wondering if they was a way to force it to power down following the unmount, rather than waiting for the energy saver to kick in.
     
  6. product26 macrumors 6502a

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    I too would like to accomplish something like this.

    I have 2 drives and 3 partitions in my MP. One drive I rarely use, and one partition is my windows xp partition. I would love to be able to automatically unmount the 2 when I start up. If i ever need to access them, I could open disc utility and mount them.
     
  7. tyr2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    There's a guide here, that explains how to set your volumes to 'noauto' so they don't automatically mount at boot. The remain available for mounting in disk utility.

    It still takes a while for the disks to power down tho, even when they're fully unmounted.
     

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