Recomend an external HDD that sleeps with the iMac.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Stitch, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. Stitch macrumors newbie

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    I am looking for an external HDD that will spin down and go to sleep when the iMac does. I currently have a USB powered one that does not do this, and keeps me awake.

    I want to use it for Time machine, so it'll need to be a 3.5inch and therefore mains powered unit.

    Can you get drives that do this, or does their power just stay on until you flip their respective power switches?

    I have heard that buffalo drives will dim their lights when they sleep, does this mean they will sleep when the iMac does?
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Western Digital MyBook drives do this. I have a 500GB MyBook, works nicely with my iMac and sleeps when the iMac sleeps.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    +1 on that. I have a MyBook pro that will sleep, although I actually do power it down and such. For purposes of automated scripts and such I would indeed allow it to sleep if need be.
     
  4. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Maxtor Basics 320GB and an Iomega Silver Edition 500GB (available at the Apple online store) that both sleep with my iMac.
     
  5. Stitch thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    No idea. For whatever it's worth, mine is USB.
     
  7. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    Nope, it doesn't matter. The MyBooks all sleep, as do the Seagate FreeAgents.
     
  8. odinsride macrumors 65816

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  9. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Am I the only one that finds the thread title naughty? :D
     
  10. admiraldennis macrumors regular

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    Do you have "put the hard drive(s) to sleep whenever possible" enabled in the Energy Saver system preference?
     
  11. Ultem macrumors newbie

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    My LaCie Big Disk Extreme has a sleep function, when my macbook is switched off, the drive is also switched off (sleep mode).
     
  12. Stitch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hehe I did when writing it ;)

    Anyone used Macxtor one touch 4? I can get a 500GB one for £70 from pixmania :D
     
  13. computerman-8 macrumors member

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    I got the Vantec NexStar GX NST-370GX and it sleeps when I shutdown my MacBook Pro. It also has a Heat Sync and Automatic Fan control, plus 3 additional USB ports, and its the same size as AirPort Extreme. It's perfect for me.
     
  14. gr8phan macrumors member

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    Does anybody know if I can make a Newertech Guardian Maximus sleep with my mini G4? The drives spin down, but I'm not sure if it is actually 'asleep'.
     

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