I just installed a Western Digital Black Scorpio 750 GB Harddrive using a (noname) Optibay, alongside my Vertex 3 SSD. Unfortunately the WD is very noisy compared to the slower HD i used before. Actually its a real relief once it spins down. I will probably swap it with another drive soon. Until then theres a way to make this a bit more acceptable by setting a shorter delay for the spindown of the drive. Apple default seems to be around 10 Minutes, which was way to long for me.

sudo pmset -a spindown 1

it is possible to set the spindown time in minutes. It can also be disabled by setting to 0.
Since i dont need permanent access to the HDD this helped a lot!


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