Disconnecting external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Victoriamm01, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Victoriamm01 macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2018
    I have a MacBook Air approximately 3 years old. I recently bought a Lacie Rugged Mini 2GB external drive to store my photography on. The only problem is it keeps ejecting itself from the laptop which makes it hard to get any post processing work done on my images. This seems to be a common problem with no real solution, I am putting it out there to see if anyone else has had the same issue.
  2. Longkeg macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2014
    S. Florida
    Probably a power issue. The drive is powered from the MBA, which tries to save power whenever it can. When power to the USB drops below a certain level the drive disconnects. Try leaving the MBA connected to power and see if the behavior continues. But I’m confused. You say it’s a common problem with no solution. If that were the case there would be plenty of documentation out there on the web. Why then do you need to put “it out there?” ...
    Just kidding (kind of)! Welcome to the forum.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I know you already checked this but...
    ... did you go to the energy saver pref pane and UNcheck the option to put hard disks to sleep when possible?

    Another thought...
    There are "small solutions" out there that endeavor to keep the Mac from dismounting drives on its own.
    There's one called "keep drive spinning" you could try:

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