Western Digital External Hard Drive...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by w0by, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. w0by macrumors regular

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    I have a WD External HDD. Everytime it goes to sleep it disappears from my Finder in OSX and then I have to turn the power off on the HDD and turn the power back on for it to reappear in my OSX. It's rather annoying - in Windows it just stays there and you click on the icon and it will wake up. Is there any way to force OSX to search for the HDD or something and not delete it every time it goes to sleep?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. mklos macrumors 68000

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    Don't let the HD's sleep! Its not good for them anyways. HD's can only endure so many spin-up's and spin-down's. That will fix the issue. If you go to System Preferences, and then Energy Saver, there's a check box that asks about putting the HD's to sleep. Uncheck that box.
     
  3. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Huh? Link?
     
  4. mklos macrumors 68000

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    In other words, a motor inside the hard drive spins the discs up to 5400/7200RPM every time you bring it out of spin down (sleep) mode. Well, the motors will only handle that so many times. Its not good for a hard drive to be spun down and back up all the time. Eventually it will wear out. No links needed, I know from experience. This isn't meant to start a keep the computer on or off debate. Lets not go there!
     
  5. TomGolden macrumors member

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    ^^^^^^^

    What he says.
     
  6. vin*tone macrumors newbie

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    This doesn't work unfortunately.

    The annoying thing about this is that I bought it to store all my iTunes tunes. When it sleeps- iTunes automatically changes its Music Folder location back to the default location without telling you.:mad:
     
  7. ScutMonkey macrumors newbie

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    I have a WD 1TB external HDD and I have none of the problems you are reporting. I just hooked mine up and it's been flawless ever since. Maybe it's an issue with your specific HDD?
     
  8. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    What specific model??

    I have a WD250GB FW400, and a WD500GB FW800, and both stay connected even when my MBP sleeps.
     
  9. djbigeye macrumors newbie

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    same problem

    I too have this problem.
    I have had a series of WD external drives to store my itunes folder and they all worked flawlessly until I upgraded to a 1tb WD my book. Its connected to my imac via fw800.

    This drive came with some rather hand software called WD smartware. This allows you to select the time the drive goes to sleep which is generically set to 1hour. I had my set to 'never' but still have this issue. I have to shut down itunes, mount the drive and start itunes up again.

    I think it is most likely an issue with this new generation of WD external hard drives.
     
  10. djbigeye macrumors newbie

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    Ive just found and tried this - I will let you know if it works for me.

    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/31158/keep-drive-spinning

    Best Regards
     
  11. djbigeye macrumors newbie

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