Annoyed with HDD and sleep

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Denisoftus, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Denisoftus macrumors member

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    After being using my top spec iMAC with SDD and HDD, I'm really annoyed the way SL is handling sleeps and secondary drives, usb or internals.

    It supposed to be a very quiet machine, but SL makes a second hard drive and any USB drives connected starting and stopping constantly with no reason. I can understand why it triggers all the drives after sleep, but I don't understand why it needs an access to an empty drive all the time during the day. I counted about 20 times it’s on and off.

    Why do I bother? HDD drive makes a loud humming noise, which is beyond of my standards for quite machine. There is no workaround for that and I will accept it if I can turn off this drive when I do not need it.

    Does anyone know how to fix it? Unmounting drives its not a clean option and I will have to mount it again shall I need it, and after sleep unmounted drive will spin forever.

    Also after 3 weeks iMAC won't go to sleep anymore on idle. If I force it, it will, but not automatically, I read some post about it but found no answer. I removed all possible software may prevent it with no luck.

    I've been a Windows user since Windows 3.11 release and recently moved to MACs, thought so far I'm more disappointed than happy with MAC OS. I hope LION will make me feel different and like it after all.
     
  2. rj86 macrumors member

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    Assuming that you've checked the 'Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible' option in Energy Saver preferences?

    If you want quiet external drives do a bit of research and don't buy crappy cheap ones.
     
  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    This. Certain drives are way louder than others. Also make sure spotlight isn't indexing your externals.
     
  4. Denisoftus thread starter macrumors member

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    I have checked this for certain.

    Its not external drives I bother, but internal one. I can alway disconnect external drive for sure. But internal spins even unmounted.
     

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