Hey man, I just got one of the 4TB MyCloud drives and I just noticed the same thing this morning with mine. After spending like two days of copying files to the drive I noticed this morning that I kept hearing the drive spin down for maybe 10 seconds then spin back up for like 10 minutes, it then just kept repeating this pattern. I had to go to work so I didn’t have time to investigate it further.
Details About My Current Setup:
Right now I have this hardware on it’s own network. So this is what it is.
- Router, not connected to the internet and wifi disabled.
- Laptop connected to Router with a cable.
- MyCloud connected to the Router with a cable.
- I did have another external hd connected to the MyCloud with a USB3.0 connection, but even after disconnecting properly(through the MyCloud interface) the MyCloud continues to spin-up.(So there is absolutely nothing else on this LAN.)
- The laptop is also completely powered off so there should be no signal from it to the MyCloud that may pull it out of sleep mode.
Current Thoughts and Random Ideas:
- Router? Maybe my router itself is sending a wake/stay alive command to the drive that is stopping it from sleeping. (Right now this is my best guess, I’ll test it by unplugging the network cable from the router and seeing if the drive eventually sleeps.)
- Indexing? Now that all the files are copied the drive is doing a massive index operation.
- Privliges? The drive is attempting to setup permissions on the files and folders now that they are copied. (I find this unlikely because I was randomly checking to see if the files were copying and the privileges seemed to be working correctly. Also, why would priviliges be applied after instead of during the copy.)
Don’t tell me yours failed.lol I don’t want to hear that after I spent all the time copying files over to, which was slow because I couldn’t find anyone that sold a USB 3.0 standard to standard cable. That was a bit annoying that the drive doesn’t detect the that one is connected to it and do a direct transfer from one external to another.
I’m not sure how Artic knows but I know because I currently have the drive sitting on my desk and can feel the sweet and smooth spin up hum. The LED always stays solid blue too and I believe, if I remember from the manual, it’s supposed to pulsate blue when in power saving mode.
It’s cool that you may have found a third party solution for this, but honestly the drive is supposed to do this and I don’t really want to put in more software to produce functionality that should be standard with the drive.