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Customizing hard disk spin-down times

Mac OS X has an option to keep hard drives spinning for quick file access, or to save power and reduce noise by spinning them down when they're not in use. This can be convenient, but is rather limiting for users who would like to customize when their

By September 8, 2009

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PDFCompress; Launch Items; Uninstaller; Spindowner; more

PDFCompress; Launch Items; Uninstaller; Spindowner; more

By November 25, 2002

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Drive Setup 1.5 prevents PowerBook hard drive spin-down?

Drive Setup 1.5 prevents PowerBook hard drive spin-down?

By June 22, 1998

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Supplemental OS X 10.8.5 update to address outstanding problems

Pending update from Apple should fix HDMI, Bluetooth, hard-drive sleep, and FaceTime HD camera issues in the latest OS X release.

By September 25, 2013

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Managing overheating external hard drives in OS X

External hard drives can sometimes continually spin and become exceptionally hot. Here are some ways to manage this to help prolong the life of your drive.

By July 13, 2011

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Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a weekly feature in which we answer questions e-mailed in by our readers. We welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your own suggestions in the comments.

By July 14, 2011

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FireWire sleep problems under Mac OS X 10.2.3: Further testing; solutions

FireWire sleep problems under Mac OS X 10.2.3: Further testing; solutions

By February 12, 2003

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Apple CHUD Tools 4.4.2 released

Apple CHUD Tools 4.4.2 released

By August 9, 2006

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Utilities Updates: MacScan X 2.0b3; Apple CHUD Tools 4.2.3; Camino 1.0b1; Default Folder X 2.0.4b1; more

Utilities Updates: MacScan X 2.0b3; Apple CHUD Tools 4.2.3; Camino 1.0b1; Default Folder X 2.0.4b1; more

By November 8, 2005

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Utilities Updates: Cocktail�3.1; Synchronize! Pro X�3.2.1; Watson�1.7.5; more

Utilities Updates: Cocktail 3.1; Synchronize! Pro X 3.2.1; Watson 1.7.5; more

By October 31, 2003