WDC External Drive not powering down with PC

Hi all.  Well - after all the struggles with external drives I saw a WDC My Book Premium 320Gb on sale at BB and I bought it....okay okay...I bought 2 of them.

I have a Firewire/USB 2.0 PCMCIA card in my laptop and so have one of the external drives "daisy chained" to the other via fire wire and the other external drive hooked to the laptop through the firewire card.

Here's the issue.

Drive A (3 partitions) is the one that is plugged into the laptop through the firewire card.  Drive A powers down when the laptop powers down.

Drive B (2 paritions) is the drive that has a firewire cable going from it to the Drive A.  When I power the laptop down, Drive B does NOT power down.  I have to shut it down manually.

Anyone have any suggestions as to how to get them BOTH to power down when I shutdown the PC?

Thanks.

Tracy
flyt4tmnAsked:
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Gary CaseConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
This is a common problem with external drives.   The simple thing is to just not worry about it --> it doesn't hurt the drive to continue running.   I've got a pair of USB external drives (320GB WD's) that have been running for about a year (over a year in one case).
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flyt4tmnAuthor Commented:
Thanks again Gary.  Just wasn't sure.  Does it damage the drives to shut them down by the power button like you are not supposed to with a computer?

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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Turning them off with the power button is fine -- AFTER you've shut the computer down.   As I think you know, you're always supposed to "Safely Remove" an external drive;  but it's ALWAYS safe to "remove" it (power it down) after the computer is OFF :-)
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flyt4tmnAuthor Commented:
Thanks again Gary.  I just ordered a new screaming desktop and I'll be hooking one of these external drives there.  I'm sure i'll be back as you have been very helpful.

tracy
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