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File sharing and idle sleep?

by FaithPuppeteer / September 23, 2008 10:30 AM PDT

I am planning on transferring a large amount of files from one Mac running OS 10.4 to one running OS 10.5 via my wireless network using the file-sharing option on both computers. Will turning the file-sharing options on disable idle-sleep for both computers so the transfer can be completed properly? Thanks in advance for your help!

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No, they will sleep if
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 23, 2008 11:49 AM PDT

there is no mouse or keyboard activity.
Once asleep, you will lose network connectivity.

Of course, you could always set the sleep time to longer than you think the process will take or you could turn off sleep altogether.
If the monitor, by itself, goes to sleep, you do not lose network conectivity

Any help?

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Re: File sharing and idle sleep?
by FaithPuppeteer / September 23, 2008 12:14 PM PDT
In reply to: No, they will sleep if

The situation is basically this:

I dumped a huge amount of files to a new desktop by connecting my old external HD to the laptop it is compatible with, turning on file-sharing for both and browsing in to the desktop via the network. I then copied the files from the external to the desktop via the laptop; I was planning to buy a new external as I was impressed the old one held up for the first transfer.

However, I neglected to mess with the sleep settings the first time through and just wanted to check and make sure file sharing from the sharing System Prefs. panel would disable sleep and that, therefore the transfer would've been fine.

I basically just wanted to make sure the transfer went through properly without redoing it before I replace the drive the data was originally stored to.

I doubt the drive would survive transferring the data again (85GB), so I just thought I'd check. Thanks!

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File transfer and Sleep
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 24, 2008 12:30 AM PDT

What is special about this external HD that it is only compatible with your laptop? Is it a SCSI drive?

Just asking, as I was wondering why you did not connect the drive to the new machine and SCSI would seem to be an answer.

Just to recap, turning on File Sharing does nothing to the Sleep settings. You will have to adjust those manually.

To check that the transfer was complete, take a look at your new desktop.

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Re: File sharing and idle sleep
by FaithPuppeteer / September 24, 2008 6:27 AM PDT

I'm not sure what the drive's issue is; the iMac will recognize it only to the degree that I can access the install/login software required to access it on a Mac; when I use the secure login software the device isn't found, despite being able to access the part of the drive with the login software on it, but it is willing to work with the laptop (it's an old AcomData hybrid drive), thus the odd workaround.

If that explanation isn't clear, let me know. I don't honestly know what the drive's issue with the new iMac is.

Thinking back, I do believe I turned off idle sleep on the desktop, but the laptop remained active because it had an active file copy processing through it.

It does appear as though the transfer was completed successfully (it was my collection of music and video I was kicking over), all the artist folders are present on the new computer (I'd compare the file sets based on size, but I've made additions since then).

There are some other files to salvage from the drive too, so I'll adjust the settings on the desktop again when I attempt it another time.

Thanks!

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Good Job, glad it worked out for you
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 24, 2008 8:01 AM PDT

Get all that music into iTunes and you'll be set to go

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Deferring sleep
by ynfyd / September 26, 2008 9:28 PM PDT

If you want to defer sleep to complete the transfer try using a utility called Caffeine, it installs onto the Menu Bar and you can permanently cancel sleep or defer sleep for 5, 10, 15, 30, 60 or 120 mins. Personally I find it very usful, especially when watching movies.

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