External hard drive lifespan when connected to AirPort Extreme?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by kylera, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. kylera macrumors 65816

    kylera

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    I notice that every now and then, my Mac slows down because it needs to fire up my external hard drive connected to USB, even if I'm not accessing a file that is there to begin with. This has made me consider moving my hard drive to my AirPort Extreme, since I don't use my external hard drive that often.

    My question is, should I anticipate any effects on the hard drive's lifespan as it is connected to the Extreme? Or will it remain mostly on standby?
     
  2. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    Mine spins down when I'm not using it; it really only spins up for Time Machine backups. The AirPort won't leave it running 24/7 :)
     
  3. Altemose macrumors G3

    Altemose

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    The AirPort Extreme will always spin disks down if not in use similar to how a Mac will. There is no lifespan change with it plugged into the Extreme vs. a Mac.
     
  4. kylera thread starter macrumors 65816

    kylera

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    Thanks for your reply!
     

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