streaming from external hard drive - inactivity disconnects?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by dubbed82, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. dubbed82 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    #1
    does anyone successfully stream from an external hard drive? everything works fine except when i leave the Apple TV idle for a couple minutes, then it will lose the synced content. would this have anything to do with the hard drive spinning down after a couple minutes of inactivity? if so is there any way to stop this from happening? i'm constantly having to restart itunes after a couple minutes of inactivity if nothing's playing on the apple tv.
     
  2. Philpo macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2007
    #2
    I use an external hard drive for my itunes library and I don't have any problems. The only thing that gets me a little bit is waiting that extra bit longer when streaming from it as the hard drive has to spin up again from idle. :confused:
     
  3. gazfocus macrumors 68000

    gazfocus

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2008
    Location:
    Liverpool, UK
    #3
    Is it possible to sync a NAS hard drive without have to have the computer on?
     
  4. dubbed82 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    #4
    hmm i'm not sure, but does my post even make sense? is it possible that when the external goes idle and spins down, it stops updating info to the apple tv, so all synced content disappears until i go back to the computer, and restart itunes
     
  5. FreeState macrumors 68000

    FreeState

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    #5

    Im guessing its not the hard drive but rather your computer that is going to sleep. Make sure that in System Preferences (assuming your on a Mac) under Energy Save (the yellow light bulb) you dont have your computer going to sleep within 1/2 an hour or so - that should help.
     
  6. FreeState macrumors 68000

    FreeState

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    #6
    No iTunes must be running and connected to the library hosted on the NAS for AppleTV to use it.
     
  7. uva25 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2008
    #7
    I have issues with my hard drive going to sleep every several days. If I turn off and on, it comes right up but I'm not sure why it happens. My setting are for the monitor to only go to sleep, hard drive is unchecked. Its a 500 Gb Iomega. Anyone else have this issue?
     
  8. dubbed82 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    #8
    no i made sure that wasn't the case.. is there an option to stop an external hard drive from spinning down with inactivity?
     
  9. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2007
    Location:
    Newton, MA
    #9
    Some hard drives will park their heads and spin down if there's been no activity over a long time. Check the mfr's website, email their tech support, read their info. Find out if it's the drive.
     

Share This Page