need advice on external networked HD as multimedia storage

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by driphone, May 7, 2011.

  1. driphone, May 7, 2011
    Last edited: May 8, 2011

    driphone macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    I have successfully set up a WD 1TB HD connected via USB to my airport extreme base, outsourcing the iPhoto & iTunes libraries. The only problem is that my WD HD goes into sleep mode after a while and needs a reboot to continue working.

    Can anyone suggest a high capacity, dependable external HD that can handle this job and be ON all the time (or to be awakened when reconnecting)?
  2. driphone thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
  3. dizzy130 macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2010
    I'm interested in doing this as well, interested in hearing if there's a solution.
  4. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    You need a HD or NAS that has Wake-On-Lan (WOL) capability. Maybe your WD has this option and you only have to turn it on (see manual).

    I myself have a QNAP NAS which supports WOL. It wakes up in a few seconds when I access it.
  5. driphone thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    Thank you for your comment. I did call WD support and they said there are no customizable setting for my specific HD model. FWIW, recently I saw a company in MacLife called Pogoplug that does offer a device for connecting HDs enabling remote access.

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