StayAwake HD - Keep your hard dri­ves from turn­ing off

StayAwake HD is a lit­tle helper app for Mac OS X and soon for Win­dows and Linux that keeps your hard dri­ves from turn­ing off.

» Down­load StayAwake HD ver­sion 1.0.0 or Get the source code

This is a one-day pro­ject that I cre­ated this app us­ing TideSDK which is still in de­vel­op­ment but al­ready sta­ble enough for this kind of apps. StayAwake HD is com­pletely open-source so you can mod­ify it as much as you want as long as you don't sell this code and keep my brand­ing in it. This is my first Mac App pro­ject, so if you have sug­ges­tions, ideas, or any­thing else, just leave them in the com­ments be­low this ar­ti­cle.

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So how does StayAwake HD work? The idea be­hind this app is fairly sim­ple. Some ex­ter­nal hard dri­ves, like the WD My­Book, turn them­selves off when they aren't used for a while. When you want to open the Finder or Ex­plorer, the sys­tem will some­times freeze un­til the hard drive has started again, which can take some time. StayAwake HD cre­ates and mod­i­fies a file on these ex­ter­nal hard dri­ves so they won't turn off any­more. This re­solves the is­sues men­tioned above and some other prob­lems.