Who uses "Put your hard disk(s) to sleep when possible"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by EvryDayImShufln, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    I was wondering, does anybody know if this causes unneeded wear and tear on your hard drive? I've heard arguments on both sides in the past for desktop drives, but I know laptop drives are built stronger and designed to take abuse, so I'm torn.

    Right now my settings are:
    Battery - put hard disks to sleep
    Power adapter - leave them running continuously

    So it's about 50/50 right now. Any advice is greatly appreciated, thank you
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I've been told both stories by apple retail employees. I actually do allow them to spin down I guess go to sleep. I just have it on better performance while on cable power and better battery while on battery. So if it is screwing it up then joke is on me.
  3. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
  4. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    I use this option in both power and battery modes BUT set the actual sleep times differently. For power its 30 mins and for battery its the standard 10
  5. EvryDayImShufln thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    now how do you possibly set the times? Is this 3d party software that gives you these options? That's exactly what I need lol
  6. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    For sleep? It's in System Preferences > Energy Saver.
  7. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
  8. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    First, laptop drives are not designed for 24/7 operation. They are made specifically for 'mobile' use. That means powering down often. (Even 'desktop' and 'server' drives are designed so that frequent spin-downs and spin-ups are considered 'normal', and won't harm the drive at all.) Turn it on, save some power. So every once in a while, loading something will take 0.5 seconds longer. You'll live. (Since if it was off, it meant you weren't needing disk accesses anyway.)
  9. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    Never. I also have my staff disable this on all new purchases.
  10. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Cocktail is your friend.
  11. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    I turned that option on but I doubt it does any good, my machine is always on and downloading something, so the drives get no chance to sleep.

    I intend to get Applecare at some point anyway, so it will be covered under warranty.
  12. EvryDayImShufln thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    Yeah I'm going to get applecare on my 10th or 11th month of owning the laptop.

    The only reason I'll wait so long is incase I drop the laptop or it gets destroyed by some means not covered by warranty: at least I'll have saved 300 bucks or whatever. Not that I plan on that, losing a 2.5k+ laptop would really suck :eek:

    Cocktail seems like a very useful app, I've been looking for ways to expand upon the settings that the OS comes with. Does anybody know of any free ones or other ones that have more settings even? I don't want to jump in without doing some research first, but thanks for the link and I will most likely get it or something similar.
  13. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    I don't sleep my hard disks in desktop systems, but in a laptop I'd likely let them sleep when in battery mode. Not on mains power, though. I don't let the drive sleep in my mini.
  14. ero87 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City
    yeah, is there any point to checking "Sleep hard disk when possible" on my iMac? Should I?
  15. Nuks macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2006
    I have it checked, but what exactly does it do?
  16. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    You don't need to buy Cocktail for this, or for anything else Cocktail does.

    sudo pmset -a disksleep 10 will set a 10 minute delay and so on. The -a flag sets the time for all situations, you can also fine tune this using -u -b or -c instead for UPS, battery or AC operation, respectively.

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