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Need help getting the right harddrive.

Asked by gtreyger (1397 points ) February 18th, 2010

I am looking for an external hard drive (either USB or Firewire) that will go to sleep when the computer that it is connected to will go to sleep. Does anyone know if such a thing exists? Brand and model would be really helpful. Thanks in advance!

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aprilsimnel's avatar

I think the Western Digital My Book Essential series will go into standby if you put your computer on standby. And it’s USB 2.0.

although… USB 3.0 is out now. So if you plan on upgrading soon to a system that has that interface, I’d wait a bit.

simpleD's avatar

It may be more of a function of your computer and OS than of the drives. My Macs put all my LaCie, OWC, and Drobo hard drives to sleep when it sleeps. It also spins them down to save energy after a set amount of time.

gtreyger's avatar

@simpleD I have a Mac, but it doesn’t seem to put the iomega to sleep when it sleeps. Do you know of any settings that may need to be switched?

simpleD's avatar

Check Energy Saver System Preference. Enable “Put the hard disks to sleep when possible.”

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