New AirPort station and Western Digital MyBook always spinning

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by wangchunggti337, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. wangchunggti337 macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2007
    My friend has his My Book Premium 320GB set up over his network with his new AirPort Extreme base station. The problem is the drive in the My Book spins continually, which doesn't sit well with him. Shouldn't the drive only spin when it's writing?

    Is there a setting he can tweak for this? Or is this just a common problem?


    oh yeah, he called Apple with no help.
  2. techshellmacbook macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2007
    IDK, but a drive spinning and not being used shouldnt really decrease the life.
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I think it might be common.

    My USB drive plugged into the Extreme spins the entire time anyone has it mounted. If everyone's computer is sleeping, the USB drive will eventually spin down... at least until someone's computer wakes up again.

    Kinda sucks, IMO. I hope it's something that gets fixed on a future update.
  4. The Stig macrumors 6502a

    The Stig

    Nov 4, 2006
    On the track
    It is suppose to spin all the time. It kinda sucks if you have a drive that loud. But it does this so the drive is ready all the time.

    The Stig
  5. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    My external enclosure (did not come with drive) i bought spins down after an idle time of a few minutes. Spins back up when i access the drive. however, it only does that while connected to USB 2.0, but not when connected by FireWire.

    Unmounting it under USB also shuts down the drive, but the enclosure is still powered on. Under firewire, the drive remains on, mounted or not.

    You can see if the "put to hard drives to sleep when possible" is checked under energy savings. That might be affecting it too.

    Read the owners manual. Im' sure there's something about it.
  6. el3ctone macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2008
    oh WOW, how do you get it to stay on all the time. Mine spins down too frequently. I seem to want to do the opposite of you. I want it to stay on continuously.

    Heres the thread on my issue.

    Hopefully someone can help me fix my issue.

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