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Old February 18th, 2007, 01:15 AM   #1
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De-hide extension/sleeping HD

Whenever I create a file in FCP, though I have 'hide extension' unchecked, it still hides the extension. Seems like it actually is an OSX problem. Any solution?

How do I keep external hard-drives from falling asleep? If I'm working in FCP and haven't used media on a HD in a while, it goes to sleep. Then if I play a sequence there's a pause while it starts up. Is there a way to keep it 'alert' continuously?

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Old February 18th, 2007, 01:35 AM   #2
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Whenever I create a file in FCP, though I have 'hide extension' unchecked, it still hides the extension. Seems like it actually is an OSX problem. Any solution?
In the Finder, choose Finder menu > Preferences, then under the advanced tab, enable the "Show all file extensions" checkbox.

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How do I keep external hard-drives from falling asleep? If I'm working in FCP and haven't used media on a HD in a while, it goes to sleep. Then if I play a sequence there's a pause while it starts up. Is there a way to keep it 'alert' continuously?
Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences, then in the Energy Savers pane set the "Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive for:" slider to "Never" ... also uncheck the "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep whenever possible" checkbox.
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Old February 18th, 2007, 02:19 AM   #3
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Excellent! Thanks!
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Old February 18th, 2007, 08:21 AM   #4
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The problem with external drives going to sleep may not be that easy to remedy. I have a 500GB Seagate firewire drive which goes to sleep after a period of inactivity. I also have a total of 12 other external drives (really!) and none of them exhibit this behavior. So I think it's a drive-specific thing in this case which is beyond the control of the operating system.

I started a thread on this topic a long time ago, and IIRC somebody mentioned a shareware program which is supposed to help with this but I never followed through. So I only use that drive for archival storage since, as you say, it's annoying to have it go to sleep while using FCP.
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