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Is there some way to turn off an external drive when I put my iMac to sleep? I am using it for Time Machine, and it will run constantly if not turned off. I have a Hitachi 1T drive with an Acommdata case which has a manual power switch in the back.

Would leaving it on wear out the drive?
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If you open System Preferences, Energy Saver, Power Adapter Tab, place a check mark in the box that says: "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep......"

If the Hitachi can be put to sleep, that should resolve the problem.
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I have already checked that, but no luck. Is it the drive or the case?
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It could be. Some drive carrier electronics which convert SATA to USB also prevent the drive from sleeping. If the Hitachi is a fairly new drive, I'm sure it could be put to sleep by your Mac if it wasn't being used in a carrier.
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