Keep Drive Spinning 1.1

A minimalist AppleScript that offers you the possibility to make sure any of your drives remains awake at all times, while others are allowed to go to sleep.
Keep Drive Spinning
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Usually, drives are going to sleep after a certain period in order to save energy, but this can be a problem if your Mac has to perform an action that does not require user interaction. Keep Drive Spinning is a small AppleScript designed to help you control the driver’s behavior in this respect.

Makes use of Automator

Keep Drive Spinning is using an Automator action to launch the scripts user interface, but it might not work properly on Macs with PowerPC CPUs. However, if you are running at least Mac OS X 10.4, simply double click the Keep Drive Spinning.applescript file contained in the source folder.

This will launch the document in the Apple Script Editor, so all you have to do next is press the “Run” button and use the script as usual.

User friendly workflow

The Keep Drive Spinning main window provides all you might need to know about the script’s functionality: essentially, the applet creates a hidden file that will be accessed once every few minutes in order to make sure the drive remains active. This action is triggered by a launch agent.

Keep awake multiple drives

On the bottom right area of the Keep Drive Spinning main window you can see the “Keep a drive awake” button. Simply press it and select from a list the drive you want to keep always active. The script automatically quits after a selection is made, so if you want to modify the status of another drive, all you have to do is run the script once more.

Allow a drive to sleep

Keep Drive Spinning enables you to reverse the process by pressing the ”Let a drive sleep” button and selecting the drive again. In addition, you can navigate to the Launch Agents folder in your Library and delete the Spinning.plist file that contains the drive name.

Simple AppleScript for keeping drives active

Keep Drive Spinning offers a simple solution for making sure a drive remains active at all times, even if the Energy Saver adjustments in the System Preferences do not seem to work.

Reviewed by , last updated on March 22nd, 2014

file size:
1.5 MB
developed by:
Jon Stovell
license type:
operating system(s):
Mac OS X 10.6 or later
binary format:
Intel only
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Keep Drive Spinning can be used to make sure that a connected drive never goes to sleep (that is, never spins down). N...

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