Hi All -
I am having trouble keeping my connection to an External HDD on my Home network after a while. (Plugged into the main Router via it's USB3 post, not NAS, cannot browse to HDD from Windows or Mac). I've narrowed the problem down to this: after a while, the LED in the drive is off, and if I unplug/replug it's USB3 cable running from the Router to the Drive, it starts working again. So I suspect that I have a "HDD going into sleep mode" issue.
Does anyone have any advice or solutions for something like this?
I was guessing:
1. Switch to SSD Drive - Do they go to sleep also?
2. Connect HDD to a Computer and not thru a Router connection
3. Spend $$$ and get an NAS
4. I hear there is SW that continually pings a drive to keep it awake. (Sounds a little too much of a bandaid solution for my taste, but whatever works)
5. Different Brand of External HDD?
I have a basic Home Network - Cable Modem into Airport Extreme router into a TP-Link Managed Switch, and wired/wifi throughout the house, using and couple of Access Points with same SSID (Airport Express's).
HDD is a LaCie portable 2TB External drive. Just bought it, happy to return it if there is a better drive for this issue.
Thanks in advance for any help!