Airport Extreme + External Hard Drive on all the time

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jmazz12, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. jmazz12 macrumors newbie

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    Hey all,
    I have an airport extreme base station. I was wondering that if I buy an external hard drive to backup wirelessly with time machine, will that external stay on all the time? is there a way to control when the external powers up and down? or does that depend on the make and model of the external?

    Thanks,
    jmazz
     
  2. BudgetBaby macrumors member

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    Jun 22, 2010
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    I have an airport extreme with an iomega drive plugged into it and a WD drive plugged into that. They both spin down after a couple if minutes of inactivity but not sure if that's the airport or the disks themselves actioning the sleep.

    Incidentally, I don't leave them turn on. I switch it on and back up, then switch off again.
     
  3. circularforward macrumors 6502

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    Jul 18, 2010
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    On my LaCie quadra, it automatically powers up and down. Whereas on my old acomdata, it seems to always be on.
     

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