What's the point of "put hard disk to sleep when possible"?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Aniej, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. Aniej macrumors 68000

    Aniej

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    While I understand the obvious fact that it puts it to sleep whenever possible, what's the point of this and why is it an aspect of better performance and not better energy savings in system prefs?
     
  2. Quicksilver867 macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I don't get how putting the hard disks to sleep would yield better performance. When I had my iMac set to do that, it always took forever to wake from sleep.
     
  3. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

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    I think that the word "performance" in this case has to do with laptops, not desktops. Performance means better battery life, less chance of running out of juice. It is funny that from the perspective of a desktop machine it is illogical.
     
  4. Aniej thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aniej

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    I totally agree! Ironic also, that 85% of the time my MBP is, in effect, a desktop since it is power corded tethered most of the day.
     
  5. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

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    My laptop is almost always plugged in, too. And I have a desktop on the other side of the house that has a wireless connection. Apple needs to re-think some of their terminology!
     

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