Any way to speed up wake-from-idle time on external USB 3.0 drive?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by shenan1982, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. shenan1982 macrumors 68040

    shenan1982

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    So I got my new iMac last week, and with it I upgraded my old Seagate GoFlex 2TB Firewire 800 to a 4TB Seagate GoFlex USB 3.0 drive.

    The issue I have is whenever my computer is on the screen saver, or even when I am on the web surfing but not using the hard drive, the external drive goes into idle mode. Then when I open something like System Preferences, or sometimes another app, the drive wakes.

    The noise of it spinning back up is annoying, but what's more annoying is that it basically causes a 1-2 second "delay" in everything, be it waking from screen saver, or opening a new app, etc, and I know that may not sound like long, but it's annoying as heck to me.

    I know it's doing it to save energy, but is there a way to shorten this, or eliminate it so it doesn't do that? Are there other brands I should look at that don't sleep as soundly? I had a WD in the past and it did it, but only on USB 2.0 not on the FW800...

    Ideas?
     
  2. Towelie1288 macrumors regular

    Towelie1288

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    do you leave the hard drive pluged in the computer
    i just unplug mine when i am done using it
    i have a WD 1 TB
     
  3. shenan1982 thread starter macrumors 68040

    shenan1982

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    No, it stays plugged in... it's partitioned to be my Time Machine backup drive. It sits on a backpack behind the iMac, so I don't want to reach around and unplug every time.
     

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