Airport Extreme + External Hard Drive on all the time

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

  1. jmazz12 macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2009
    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?

  2. BudgetBaby macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    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

    Jul 18, 2010
    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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