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2018 Mac Mini Thunderbolt Ports and External Drive

cyborg0_3

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 20, 2019
2
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Worksop UK
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.
 

cyborg0_3

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 20, 2019
2
0
Worksop UK
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.
 

Heat_Fan89

macrumors 6502a
Feb 23, 2016
773
661
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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