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Keep Drive Spinning ensures that a connected drive never goes to sleep (that is, that it never spins down).

Normally this can be controlled using the Energy Saver preference pane in System Preferences, and that should be your first resort in dealing with the problem, rather than this or any other third party software. However, some external drives do not respect the System Preferences settings, so for them an alternative like this is needed.

This applet simply creates a launch agent that tells OS X to update a hidden file on the selected drive once every minute so that the drive stays awake.

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What's New

Version 2.6.1:
  • Fixes a minor bug that caused the diagnostic script to throw an error if zero drives were currently being kept awake.


  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • OS X 10.4 or later for plain AppleScript version

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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 54,431
Version Downloads 2,064
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 08 Oct 2015
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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