To sleep, or not to sleep

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by djmodifyd, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2008
    I have a 2011 mini that right now goes to sleep after an hour or so. I would like to use log me in, but that requires the mac to never sleep. Will this harm the Mac in the long run having it run 24/7?
    Any other options?

    I cannot use Ethernet where it is at, so wireless n is the networking option

  2. macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    I'm not an expert and on still using Snow Leopard but at the very least I would go into Energy Saver and select "put hard drive to sleep whenever possible"

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  3. macrumors 6502

    Corrosive vinyl

    Sep 22, 2006
    Will :apple:>system preferences>Energy Saver>Wake for network access do the job?
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2008
    I tried, no go. Thanks though

    I'll try the shut off hdd when able as mentioned above.

    Any downfalls to doing this?

  5. macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2011
    Other than higher electric bills, no not really. Just make sure the HDDs spin down when not needed.
  6. warvanov, Nov 15, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011

    macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2011
    My Mac mini G4 has been running pretty much constantly since I bought it in 2005. The only problem with it seems to be the optical drive, which is odd because I so very rarely use it. Other than that my mini is still running like a champ.

    I used to have the hard drive sleep option enabled but it meant that whenever I hadn't accessed the external hard drive for a few minutes I'd have to wait 5 or more seconds whenever I wanted to read or write to it for the hard drive to spin up. It got to be very annoying so I disabled that feature. This may be a problem with my particular hard drive rather than with that option in general though.

    Edit: D'oh!
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2008
    Ok thanks everyone
    I have the computer set to never sleep, but have the hard drive sleep when able

    Last question, how long will the computer spin the hard drive idle until it sleeps? Thanks for all the help
  8. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    Man, you've had your mini 10 years before Apple started to sell them and 4 years before G4 CPU debut :eek: :D

    Sorry for OT, but I just couldn't resist ;)

    And to OP: I never put my 2010 to sleep, it's running 24/7 without issues.
  9. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, there's nothing wrong with leaving it running. Caffeine will override your Energy Saver settings and keep it awake, with just a click of the mouse.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2011
    D'oh! Fixed. 2005.

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