I have a pretty big 3.5" external HDD that I want to use with the Apple TV, I was just wondering if it’s unhealthy for the drive to be on all the time.
I know that hard drives spin down when not in use, but is there a downside to leaving the external drive connected and on? And how will the speeds be? Faster than wifi but slower than the internal, I take it?
Also, does the Standby mode of the Apple TV invoke itself after being idle for long enough? And is the lifespan of the Apple TV shortened by the fact that some parts of it are always on, checking for remotes and wifi connections?