Will my mini 2011 spin down second internal hdd when not in use?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by smellalot, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. smellalot macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2011
    Hi, looking for somebody with a OWC second hard drive connector in his 2011 Mac Mini.
    Will my secondary hdd spin down when not in use? I'm planning to have a setup like is:

    SSD (primary drive):
    OS X

    HHD (second drive):
    Boot camp
    Music, movies, ...

    This is quite important to me, since I really would like the mini to be silent when downloading overnight.
  2. Madd the Sane macrumors 6502a

    Madd the Sane

    Nov 8, 2010
    It should if you have the option enabled in Energy Saver.
  3. neilmacd macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2010
    It will spin down, but may also occasionally spin up. My iMac second HDD does this randomly and it drives me crazy.
  4. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2011
    Well that's not good.. :rolleyes:

    Maybe I should get a bigger SSD, put Bootcamp and OS X on it and get some kind of NAS for storage?! The NAS could be in the hall where the noise doesn't bother me.
    That would make the whole thing quite expensive though :(
  5. DaLurker macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
    The second hard drive is quite quiet since its a laptop hard drive. You should give it a try before spending money on a NAS.

    Generally speaking the secondary hard drive will only spin up if there is usage, however depending on what data you have on there it may seemingly be spinning up randomly in the middle of the night.
  6. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
    Yes but the primary drive does that as well.

    I have an SSD as the boot drive for programs and temporary storage and a 1TB 2nd drive with most of the data on it.

    If I am just surfing, or working on a proposal or something, I sometimes unmount the data drive. This stops it from randomly spinning up, and keeps the Mini to all intents and purposes, completely silent.
  7. neilmacd, Jul 22, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2012

    neilmacd macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2010
    I'm the same, main drive is SSD, therefore spooling up/down isn't an issue. Second drive (HDD) is currently Music/Video as my external HD died. This is shared out across the house therefore I can't unmount.

    But as I'm using an iMac the drive is 3.5" maybe the 2.5" won't be loud enough to bother the OP as much?

    ETA, in future, any Mac I buy will be single drive only, which I'll swap to SSD. When I eventually get the courage, I'll be taking the second HDD out of the iMac :)
  8. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2011
    You are right, the 2.5" hdd is already fairly quiet but having owned a MacBook air before makes me really feel the difference.

    I'm actually thinking about selling the Mac mini now to get a 2012 model next spring. I won't be at home to use it anyway during the winter.
    The lack of USB 3 is really bothering me!

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