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Avoid Western Digital external drives' built-in spin down
Authored by: EricF on Mar 18, '09 10:27:54AM

Thanks for that information, Andreas!

I remembering reading somewhere not to boot from WD external drives because of the spin-down issue. I was able to boot from mine, but it would gray-screen after being idle from a while (like overnight), which I thought was from the spin-down issue. I've been avoiding WD external drives as boot drives just because of this (good thing too!)

Now WD says they won't support booting from their external drives... even though their doc says they do. Pffffffffft! I hope that little tidbit of information gets out into the mainstream Mac press. Sounds like they're too lazy to explain or address the actual issue.

I may try the prevent-spin-down technique, just to see if it addresses my particular problem. If not, I guess I'll have to find another external drive. I've been using their internal drives for a while with no problem :)

Thanks again!


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