Hard drive standby/shutdown (power management)

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    Hunter

    @Anton

    Thanks for mentioning this! It's perfectly safe to leave your external hard drive on all the time. What's more damaging to an external hard drive is repeatedly turning it on on/off. There are many articles that suggest this - here's one for example: http://bit.ly/2BwV8KY

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    Anton Ziegler

    But it is consuming quite a lot more energy and ... it is loud!

    My wife threw the Monument out of our living room just an hour ago, because of that!

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    Hunter

    @Anton

    Your external hard drive must be quite loud!

    We do not recommend implementing a standby feature as repeated on/off can lead to drive failure.

    But if this is something you and many other users find useful, we can include it in our roadmap :)

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    Anton Ziegler

    For a hard disk it is not very loud (it is one of the recommended Seagates btw.). But it definitely makes a sound in our otherwise quiet living room (at least when the kids are asleep 😂). That is no problem when you are doing something, especially on the TV. But if you want to relax then it’s annoying.

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    Anton Ziegler

    We had other devices containing hard disk drives in our living room before (like TV recorders or gaming consoles) and they we not a problem because their drives weren’t active the whole time but only when needed.

    I checked the old forums by the way. Looks like I’m not the only one asking for an option to send the HDD to sleep:
    https://support.getmonument.com/support/discussions/topics/19000014871

    You might be right that frequent starting and stopping could lead to a shorter life expectancy. But please be realistic here: how often do you watch your photos? Twice a week? Plus the daily backup of the new photos on the mobile devices. That is nothing to be scared of.

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    Hunter

    @Anton

    Thanks for bringing this up! In our development plans we will include building a feature that automatically puts hard drives to sleep and we will also consider implementing an user-action for shutdown.

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    Basti S.

    The hard disk electronic itself sets the hard disk to standby. For example my Western Digital does that.

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