Airport Extreme - How to put External Hard Drive to sleep

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  1. DeFett macrumors member

    DeFett

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    Hi all,

    Just wondering if anyone else has had the same problem.

    I have just recently set up an Macpower M9-DX External Harddrive to the Airport Extreme (via USB) and can't seem to get the HD to sleep when I unmount it from the Desktop.

    Thank in advance.
     
  2. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

    crazzyeddie

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    Just because you unmount it from your desktop doesn't mean that the Airport Extreme releases it. I doubt you can get the drive to spin down while connected to the Airport Extreme.
     
  3. DeFett thread starter macrumors member

    DeFett

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    Cool, thanks.

    I'll have to try and think of another way as it's a bit annoying when I shut down the computer and the EHD is still spinning around when it's not being used.
     
  4. live4ever macrumors 6502a

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    This also depends on the chipset in the case. Will the drive sleep when it's attached to your Mac directly?
     
  5. DeFett thread starter macrumors member

    DeFett

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    When it was connected via FireWire to the com it did. Even when it was mounted on the desktop it would go into a sleep mode when it wasn't used.

    It does sound like more the fans going than the disk spinning ...bit hard to tell.

    This is the External HD I own http://www.macpower.com.tw/products/hdd3/m9/m9dx
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Does anyone have a drive that will sleep on the AEBS? Does the AEBS have any settings for this? Having a drive be spun up all night seems like a bad idea....
     
  7. DeFett thread starter macrumors member

    DeFett

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    It does seem like a bad idea.

    The ExHD I have has an on/off switch at the back which I can turn off but I'd usually like it to settle down a bit before I turn it off.

    Now that it's attached the AEBS I cringe everytime i turn it off when it's still unmounted and still spinning/fans going.

    I'll try and see if I can get something to work and post it.
     
  8. DeFett thread starter macrumors member

    DeFett

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    The only real info I could find is this matter is this:

    > Is there a list of external drives that are verified
    > to be able to power down when used with airport
    > extreme?

    The AEBSn will NOT power down ANY USB disk connected to it. That is the expected behavior.

    If a disk goes to sleep by itself, it will not be recognized again by the AEBSn until the station is power cycled or rebooted.
     

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