Western Digital Studio Edition II 4TB Eject/Power Off

blairh

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So I've been using a Western Digital Studio Edition II 4TB external HDD for a few years now with no problems. But I'm not entirely sure if the way I power on/off my HDD is the proper method or not.

What I do is plug my HDD adapter into a power source and then insert a connecting USB 2 plug into the back of my Mac Mini. When I connect the USB plug, the HDD powers up and shows up on my desktop. When I'm finished using the HDD I eject the drive from the desktop. The HDD light on the front is still on (it flashes on and off - sleep mode?) but no disks are spinning. I then remove the power source.

I realize there is a power button on this HDD. Should I instead be hitting the power button before plugging the drive into my Mini? And should I be hitting the power button after ejecting the drive from the Mini, before I unplug from the power source? Thanks.
 

CWallace

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I've owned a pair for forever and I never use the power button. I just make sure the drive is ejected before I pull the power plug and plug it in to power before I connect it to the Mac.
 

blairh

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I've owned a pair for forever and I never use the power button. I just make sure the drive is ejected before I pull the power plug and plug it in to power before I connect it to the Mac.
That's what I've been doing. I think the drive is in a sleep mode if you will once ejected. At least I hope so so I don't ruin my data.
 
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