Does there a Firewire 800 external HD can wake up with MAC?

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  1. alxwang macrumors newbie

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    I need to extend my iMAC HD. I do not think I can open it and upgrade the HD inside. What I am think about is getting a Firewire 800 external HD. Does there a HD so I can connect it to MAC. it will fall sleep or turn off when Mac is power off and when MAC is power on(Firewire has power) then the HD will wake up auto.

    I did a lot search but no luck yet.

    Thanks for any information.
     
  2. tooshaggy macrumors regular

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    I have a western digital my book HD and it does all that. It is not $$ either, and reliable so far!
     
  3. alxwang thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm, WD has a pretty bad name now. It is very cheap. Will ICY DOCK do that?
     
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    No problems with Seagate FreeAgent Desk Mac (FW800). It'll go to sleep and wake with the Mac just fine (my other cases do too).
     
  5. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    What kind of Mac is this?

    We have a LaCie drive that is Firewire. It won't sleep when the iMac sleeps but it will when I plug it into other Macs such as a MacBook Pro. I'm not sure what is going on with an iMac that won't make the drive sleep but the fans would stay on all the time.
     
  6. alxwang thread starter macrumors newbie

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    imac 08
     
  7. alxwang thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sound good.
    So it does not have power switch?
    So it works like:
    I always connect the power to it.
    When I power on the mac it will power on then it will power off then the mac is power off. Right?

    Thanks,
     
  8. frankowen macrumors newbie

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    Do you notice any speed issues? I have the same drive on a 24" iMac, and while it sleeps and wakes fine with the Mac, I find that the transfer speed is greatly reduced when it wakes. It seems to be half the speed as when drive and Mac are first powered up. Perhaps something about sleep/wake has caused the interface to downgrade to 400? Have you seen this problem? It's easy to check.
     
  9. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Just tested it (I know I woke the machine from sleep today, no restart). Looks like it's FW800 class speeds, not 400.

    75MB/sec read
    70MB/sec write

    (to/from 17" 2.66 GHz ubMBP with 7200RPM 320GB WD Black Scorpio)
     

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