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Old November 2nd, 2003, 05:58 PM   #1
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OSX stop from sleeping FW drive

I've been using a Granite FW case for a couple years now and it has been flawless. One question in 10.2.6 it always puts the FW drive to sleep when its not in use for a while seems like 10-15 minutes or so. Is there anyway I can put an end to this? Its just really annoying.
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Old November 2nd, 2003, 06:14 PM   #2
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Yes, in the System Preferences>Energy Saver>put computer to sleep---never>uncheck put HD to sleep. Some third party software like Cocktail and Tinker Tool can also be configured to put the drives to sleep, too.
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Old November 2nd, 2003, 06:34 PM   #3
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The sys pref. has been set to never and the put HD to sleep is always unchecked. Any other suggestions? I dont have any 3rd party software that would put the drive to sleep. It only does it with the FW drive. Thanks for the help.
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Old November 2nd, 2003, 07:49 PM   #4
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Contact the drive manufacture for the latest drivers. You may need to upgrade to 10.2.8. Granite will be your best bet for answers.
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Old November 2nd, 2003, 10:12 PM   #5
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I've never successfully stopped my external FW drives from going to sleep. The energy preference panel doesn't work and neither has Cocktail. I haven't tried Tinker Tool. I am running at 10.2.8
I've had to move projects around to keep them on one or two disks in order to keep the sleeping from messing up print to video. And I finally gave in and installed a second large internal hard drive for "current" video projects that I need to write to tape.

I'm hopeful that Panther will provide a fix, but I doubt it.
Of course, as I move away from outputting to tape and work more with DVD, the problem isn't as severe...
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Old November 3rd, 2003, 03:35 PM   #6
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Does anyone else have this problem? Or is this just a normal action for FW drives?
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Old November 3rd, 2003, 04:00 PM   #7
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Yes and no. I have one drive that goes to sleep how I set preferences and one that goes to sleep when it wants to. The one that doesn't obey is a much older drive, pre Oxford 911. It uses Indigita drivers, which haven't been upgrade in years.
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Old November 3rd, 2003, 06:07 PM   #8
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I emailed Granite Digital they replied " I have heard that there is a utility that fixes this bug but I don't know exactly what it is. I would try MacCentral or one of the other Mac sites and see what they say." I dont edit with the drive just use it for storage so its not that big of a deal to me just more of an annoyance. Thanks for the help.
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Old November 3rd, 2003, 06:14 PM   #9
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You can try Cocktail. It's shareware ($20) and can be downloded from Version Tracker. It has a never setting that seems to work on most drives (not my older, non Oxford Chipset).
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