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Question: How do I keep USB ports active in sleep mode (MacBook Air High Sierra 10.13.3)

Back up hard drive powered by USB port loses power when I close the lid. Not at first but after some brief time. Power to hard drive is not supposed to be shut off without first ejecting it.

iPhone 4S, iOS 7.1

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Mar 2, 2018 11:11 AM in response to simbahunter In response to simbahunter

I find that normally when closing the lid with an external USB drive connected that the external drive is powered down prior to when power is disabled for the port. This is all handled internally. When the lid is opened and the computer is awakened the external drive is simply auto-mounted as the port becomes active.


Energy Saver preferences has an option to put drives to sleep when idle but that does not affect what you are describing.

Mar 2, 2018 11:11 AM

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Question: How do I keep USB ports active in sleep mode (MacBook Air High Sierra 10.13.3)