Recomend an external HDD that sleeps with the iMac.

Stitch

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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?
 

edesignuk

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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.
 
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GoCubsGo

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Feb 19, 2005
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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.
+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.
 
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computerman-8

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Oct 11, 2007
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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?
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.
 
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gr8phan

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Mar 9, 2006
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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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