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Stop problematic disk spin-downs
Authored by: raymondlewisjone on Jan 03, '07 06:56:33AM

Using 1.8Mhz iMac G5 (PPC) OSX 10.4.8

I have a Mad Dog USB Hard Drive Enclosure connected, and up until 2 weeks ago, I did not have any problems leaving it on all the time. Then, it began to sleep every 15 minutes or so. It would freeze my Finder, and force me to have to restart the computer. No fixes in my "Energy Preferences" would work. And the above "SpindownFix" startup item would not (I changed spindown to diskleep, of course because of Tiger). However, the above:

*/5 * * * * ls /Volumes/volumename > /dev/null

worked beautifully. I dowloaded "Cronnix" from and added it there (must be admin to ad to system cron jobs).

I spent hours trying to figure this out. Stupid me, I know I should've checked this site for the answer. I have found coutless other answers here.

Thank you all so much

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