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Avoid Western Digital external drives' built-in spin down
Authored by: Goppy on Jan 04, '10 06:30:41PM

I have WD Caviar 500 Gb installed in a generic enclosure with USB connection connected to G5 2Ghz Dual PowerMac. Sometimes it appears immediately on the desktop other times not. When connected and Time Machine starts it sometimes runs perfectly and on other occasions runs for a while then powers down. I have read here and elsewhere about the compatibility issues with WD HDs and also problems with USB connections on external hard drives connected to Macs. Is there a fix for the problem as described or alternatively would the problem be more easily resolved by buying a different manufacture HD or a Mac preferred ext HD such as LaCie or others with Firewire connections? (I am not tech savvy enough to write new software commands)
Many thanks



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