External firewire HD refuses to spin-down.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Zoowatch, May 20, 2006.

  1. Zoowatch macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    Sheffield, UK
    I am using LaCie Brick Mobile.

    It is connected to my Mac using 6 pin firewire cable.

    But the external HD refuses to spin-down.

    This hard drive is very quiet.

    But if I place my hand on top of the drive, I can feel a slight vibration caused by the spinning HD.

    There is no on/off button in this external HD.

    I would like to let it spin down after a period of inactivity to prolong its life.

    Can anyone suggest a way to do that?
  2. kewpid macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2003
    In the Energy Saver preference pane, is the "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible" checkbox ticked?
  3. Zoowatch thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    Sheffield, UK
    ok thanks

    that should solve the problem
  4. plinkoman macrumors 65816


    Jul 2, 2003
    New York
    actually, starts and stops are what wear a hard drive down, not the usage. not that you should leave it running 24/7, but intentionally stopping and starting it will shorten it's life, not prolong it.
  5. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Very true.

    I have the same issue with m my external FW drive. Oddly, when I eject it from my tower (via firewire), it keeps spinning, but when I eject it from my laptop (via USB2.0), it DOES spin down. Never quite figured that one out.

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