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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
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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.
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