Time Capsule Hard Disk Spin Down to Quickly

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ichiban06, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. ichiban06 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    I mainly use it as a network media disk, the the problem is that it spins down after just 2-3 mins when idle which will probably wear it out quicker. So was wondering if there's a script of other method to keep it running for longer?

  2. ichiban06 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
  3. techcafe macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2009
    useless with Windows and spin-down time too short

    same issue here, the time capsule drive spins-down much too soon (every few minutes), even when there are network files open. and despite Apple's claims, Windows 7 is basically useless with the time capsule - even though it supports SMB, the network connection provided to downstream Windows clients is extremely flakey; the SMB network share constantly disconnects when being accessed from a Windows machine, rendering the time capsule practically useless for Windows users.

    BUT as expected, the TC works just fine with Mac OSX, no dropped connections while accessing the drive. however, the power management parameters assigned to the drive are definitely too aggressive; the drive should stay spinning for at least 20 minutes after the last I/O command, but the default has be stupidly set at something like 1 or 2 minutes, which means the drive is constantly being spun... up and down. this makes accessing the NAS needlessly SLOW (waiting for the drive to spin-up AGAIN). bottom line: Apple needs to ease up on the aggressive power management, they're actually doing more HARM than good by subjecting the drive to constant electro-mechanical stress (due to the constant spin-up/down cycles).

    at least release a TC firmware update that would provide the user with a CHOICE of when to have the drive spin-down, after a user-specified period of inactivity.

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