External hard drive query

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jimmy83, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. jimmy83 macrumors 65816

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    My external harddrive keeps spinning on my mac mini when I'm not using, would anyone know why?

    I just use it my all of my photos so have it plugged in and powered up 24/7
     
  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    Not all hard drives have a sleep mode, so that's probably why.
     
  3. jimmy83 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It never used to stop spinning. It's acting as if Iam constantly reading/writing files too it which I'm not :confused:
     
  4. sodadood macrumors newbie

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    I had that happen to one of my external hard drives a few years ago. Turns out the over-spinning (for mine, at least) was a prelude to it completely crapping out. This may not be the case for yours, but just to be safe, I'd make sure to backup that drive if you can. I lost photos at the time that I can't ever get back. Lesson learned.
     

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