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External HD wont power down??

Hey guys, i was wondering if perhaps someone has a similar drive like mine.

For some reason, on my ibook, when plugged into firewire, it powers down automatically after 5 or so minutes of not being used, that's good. But I just cleared it off and formatted it for NTFS and put it on my server, via firewire aswell, and while data transfer and everything seems to be fine, the hard drive does not spin down, ever. And when I feel it, I can feel the heads clicking, when there's no program accessing it on my server that I can see. Perhaps it doesn't get the chance to spin down..

Either way, I'm concerned about the heat it makes, and mostly, about it's longevity. Does anyone have a solution?? Is there some patch for xp that makes external drives power down??

110100101105 years ago
it looks like some app disturbs it maybe something stupid like backgropund task that is generating thumbnails for images etc if you unplug it without warning does any app on the computer complain ?
Punkguyta (author)  110100101105 years ago
Hrrm.... Nothing complains when I unplug it. Yet it still continues to behave this way, all I have running on my server is Apache, mysql - PHP, FTP filezilla, and sometimes SampX server app, all of which have nothing to do with my external hard disk. I'm stupidly remembering now tho that I probably had utorrent on at the time I felt the drive, and I'm downloading some files to the drive because my server is packed full right now, but I KNOW for a fact it still doesn't spin down even when utorrent isn't using it.
try to set windows to spin it down thru power management all that webserver stuff works well in linux. try it
Punkguyta (author)  110100101105 years ago
Yeah I was going to check out the spin down option in the power panel, but I read somewhere yesturday on google that the option in power schemes only counts for internal hard disks, and I'm pretty sure it's already on, but I'll go check it out.. oh it is off (windows 03 server is prolly sposed to have it off by default, being a server and all) I just set it to 15 minutes, we'll see what happens. And your offer of linux, I refuse it. Too much fuss to get something working, some day I'll get into linux, but it seems I don't have the patience to learn all the cmds and terminal lines and stuff like that, I have a hard enough time remembering all the cmd line commands for windows and terminal commands in os x.
I like command lines.

One day I accidentally typed "rm * (filename fragment)" It deleted every file in the directory an instant - you can't do that with a GUI...

Have you ever used commandline ftp?

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Punkguyta (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Never really fancied it because I like to be able to monitor what my network is doing easily
you use os x. you should not complain that linux is complex
NachoMahma5 years ago
. My guess is that Windows is accessing the drive often enough to keep resetting the drive's power down timer. Try Binary Boy's suggestion of using the Power Management control panel to spin down when not used.
Punkguyta (author)  NachoMahma5 years ago
I just set it to shut down after 15 minutes, but I read somewhere that only counts for the internally wired drives. I was also thinking, if this works, what about that drive caching option for the drive in with the sharing options?? Would there be a way to set it up so it caches like the last 5-10 mp3's accessed off the drive or something like that.
i guess it should be part of the ftp server its probably in the settings where you configure other options of the ftp