Running External HD

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  1. Roadking714 macrumors regular

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    Any tips on running a External hard drive on a rmbp.. Do you Eject it when not needed or do you leave it on?
     
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Ummmm, you plug it in. You eject it before you unplug it. Otherwise leave it alone.

    o_O
     
  3. Jozone macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, theres no real harm in leaving it connected. External HDDs living on a desk should have a high MTBF.
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Just leave it connected, but remember that it'll drain your battery life.
     
  5. Roadking714 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yea I notice that.. I tend to put my rmbp to sleep most of the time and the external hard drive sucks up battery bad
     
  6. Evren Carven macrumors regular

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    Usually, i eject the external hard drive before shutdown or sleep my Mac.
     
  7. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    They shut themselves down automatically if not used for a while. So, no reason to disconnect.
     
  8. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

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    Even powered hard drives??
     
  9. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    A powered hard drive shouldn't drain it once the mac is shutdown or asleep.
     
  10. Roadking714 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have a wd mac 2tb external and even though it shuts itself down power light still blinks and the battery still drains dramatically
     
  11. Gwendolini macrumors 6502

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    Do you not use the power adapter when the Mac is stationary?
     
  12. Roadking714 thread starter macrumors regular

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    No only when battery gets low
     
  13. Gwendolini macrumors 6502

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    But it would be possible for you to use the power adapter when using the computer stationary?

    Because it is not necessary to run the Mac on battery power all the time, as it increases unnecessary cycles. It is a modern battery, not one from the 1990s.
     
  14. Roadking714 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok I will do that.. Does the rmbp use alot of electricity while it has been charged and in order to stay charged and leaving it powered on for days will be ok for its battery?
     
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