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external HD protocol #624825 11/17/14 04:33 PM
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I'm using an external 4TB Western Digital drive to store archived files for my new iMac. I don't need to access these files every day, sometimes not for several days or weeks, but I keep the drive on my desk so that it is always easily accessed. I'm not using it for TimeMachine backup, I manually backup files when needed. So a few questions on how I should be dealing with this:

Do I keep the external's USB always connected to the iMac? I've been unplugging it ( I don't need the HD to always be mounted, not wanting it spin up every time my iMac wakes from sleep). If I eject the HD then I need to unplug and replug the USB in order for it to appear on the desktop again .... what's an easier way?

If the external HD is sitting unused for days (or weeks) should I unplug the power? Do I keep it always plugged in to the power strip?







Re: external HD protocol [Re: garyW] #624830 11/17/14 05:46 PM
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Quote:
need to unplug and replug the USB in order for it to appear on the desktop again


No other way that I know of...

Re: external HD protocol [Re: garyW] #624835 11/17/14 06:24 PM
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Is this thing on?
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Can you remount it with Disk Utility?

Re: external HD protocol [Re: Acumowchek] #624837 11/17/14 06:36 PM
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Yes, that works.

Once ejected it doesn't remount waking from sleep. That's good. Of course on a restart it will mount the external disk.

So, what about leaving the external HD's power connected when not in use? The drive seems to turn on only when the USB is connected.

I guess my concern is all the plugging in and out of power and USB connectors and wear & tear over a length of time.




Re: external HD protocol [Re: garyW] #624839 11/17/14 07:07 PM
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Not sure, but I'm interested too. I have two externals, one for Time Machine, and one for miscellaneous storage. Older externals used to have a power switch, but they seem to have done away with that on the newer ones.
I leave them on all the time, but it bugs me when I hear them revving up and down when not in use…

Re: external HD protocol [Re: garyW] #624840 11/17/14 07:41 PM
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I take it there is no power button? Just unplug the power cord going to it. Or if the power strip is handy unplug it from there. You can unplug just the USB but that's leaving the electronics inside powered up to some degree.

As far as wearing out the power or USB jacks, as infrequent as you're going to be doing it I don't think that will come into play.

My 2¢


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