The Case of the Disconnecting Drives has been Solved

server After an extremely frustrating moment where my randomly disconnecting drives escalated to become corrupted drives, I decided the pursue the matter further.

So yes, this is another techy, geeky post.  But maybe it will help somebody… Or even remind me later how I solved this when I come across the problem again.

What seemed to be happening was after a certain amount of inactivity, when left on this new hard drive enclosure (presumably) does something that makes the OS say ‘hey, you’re inactive… I will put your drives to sleep’ and then proceeds to disconnect everything very abruptly.

When I dug a little deeper I learned that there is an Energy Saver setting in OS X that controls whether the hard drives sleep or not.  It seems (at least for right now) I need them to not sleep.  (I imagine this includes external and the internal drive… So I might want to research this a bit more with respect to the internal drive.)

All I needed to do (it seems) is uncheck the “Put hard disks to sleep when possible” option, as seen in the screenshot.

Screenshot - OS X Energy SaverSo, there you have it. I made this change late last night, left the external drive on overnight and all through the day and everything stayed connect and uncorrupted. This is good news.

Another thing I learned about while prepping for this post was some nifty features about the “Preview” app in OS X. I’ll have to save those for a future post. But in the meantime, you Mac users, you really should check out the hidden power of Preview!

A Geeky Mac Discovery: How to Remount External Drives

Wchiparning, this is a geeky post.

I recently decided to change my file backup strategy for my Mac.  As part of this, I’m dealing with multiple external drives.  Today I started having problems with the drives disconnecting and I quickly grew frustrated when I had to shut down and restart the drives to make them visible again.

Enter the simple solution I’ve been dreaming of but didn’t realize.  In the “Disk Utility” app there is a “Mount” option for each drive.  How I’ve missed this for all these years, I’m not sure.  But it’s awesome news for a geek like me.

Thanks to the guy who wrote a helpful post which taught me this.  Visit his site/post here: http://www.2ality.com/2011/03/mac-tip-remount-ejected-storage-device.html

Why it’s randomly disconnecting?  Well, that’s a Google search for another day.

Crossing over… and other stories

Geek alert.

New monitor purchased today, so now the Mac Mini (aka BigMort) is running dual monitors — with an optional 3rd display if I connect my iPad.  The desk is a mess with wires and components, and especially as I’m trying (still) to get my files organized, consolidated, backed up, etc. as part of the move to BigMort.

The big success story of the day so far has been the use of a crossover cable (a friendly thing I picked up a number of computers ago) to transfer files quickly between my MacBook Pro and the Mac Mini.  Thanks to this site for making it ridiculously straightforward — http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=2009041314172249 — I moved stuff over without a hitch.  And now, I just have to start sorting, sifting, purging, etc. all the digital stuff.

The sad stories today have been about the flakiness of two of my external drives and/or drive enclosures.  Since I’m trying to transfer stuff from those as well and get all things organized it has been a frustration.  Eventually it will get worked out.  In the meantime a new USB 3.0 drive enclosure is moving some things around from the one happy drive.  But it needs to be reformatted, so that’s all fun and games too.

I can’t wait to get the desk area all happy and set up the way I like it.  Then there shall be geeky posting of photos of the command centre.  :)