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Put iMac hard drive to sleep?

175 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 14, 2012 11:51 AM by baltwo RSS
emmyjustin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 14, 2012 6:57 AM

I have my settings to put the hard drive to sleep when possible.  I chose this for energy saving reasons.  I am now wondering if this is the right choice.  I have become increasingly frustrated with spam emails on my iPhone and I think I understand that because my hard drive is asleep Mac Mail is not running and therefore spam is not filtered out.  Am I correct?  If I don't put the hard drive (but just the display) to sleep, will that solve the spam problem?  Is it harder on the hardware to wake and sleep throughout the day?  I am not constantly using my iMac during the day.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 11:51 AM (in response to emmyjustin)

    I never sleep desktop computers or their HDs, only the displays and run 24/7. The energy savings are minuscule and most electromechanical devices fail on power up, not by running continuously. As for the spam, don't have a clue, since no iPhones here.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2

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