2018 Mac Mini Thunderbolt Ports and External Drive

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by cyborg0_3, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. cyborg0_3 macrumors newbie

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    I have a new mac mini 2018 with an external raid hard drive connected by Thunderbolt 3 . The drive worked fine on my old IMac 2011 and would sleep when the mac was not in use. On my new mini the drive is always running. If I sleep the mini the drive shuts down for a second then spins up again and continues to run all the time.
    Is there something I can do to allow the external drive to sleep? I don't want it running all the time and it is getting a bit warm.
     
  2. dia3olik macrumors member

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  3. cyborg0_3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Should the thunderbolt attached drive appear in the Disk Utility? I have the thunderbolt drive and a USB drive on the mini and neither of them appear in Disk Utility.
     
  4. macdos macrumors regular

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    It is better for the drive to be running all the time. And you don't have to wait for it to spin up when you need it.

     
  5. Heat_Fan89 macrumors 6502

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    I just ordered a base Mini from Amazon. Is the Samsung T5 500GB for $91 a good option? Is it fast enough to boot the OS from? I decided not to upgrade my 2012 Mini and instead put the money towards a new Mini.
     

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