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niktu
04-23-2001, 04:49 PM
hello all,

I have a 40gig firewire external drive that I leave on all the time. Is this okay? When I put my system to sleep I assume that only affects the startup disk, right?

niktu

magician
04-24-2001, 02:43 AM
there's usually nothing wrong with leaving your drives spun up....it's actually less wear and tear on them than the torque of spinning up from rest, or a cold start. They literally draw milliamps.

I leave mine running forever. I do let my displays dim. That's where the wasted BTU's are, anyway.

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Louie
04-24-2001, 08:36 PM
I'm really not sure if Energy Saver puts a FireWire to sleep or not. Why don't you try it and report.

niktu
04-25-2001, 12:36 AM
I don't think it does but I'm not sure how to tell exactly. I don't hear it spin down or up when I sleep and wake. But if its better for the HDs overall to simply stay on, I won't worry about it.

thanks,
niktu

Louie
04-25-2001, 11:04 PM
Good idea.