Turn off hard drive

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  1. zepe

    zepe New Member

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    Is there a way to turn off a hard drive so it only runs when I want it to. I have a herd drive in my machine that I use for temporary backups and I don't use it very often so I'd like to have it turned off until I need it.

    Thanx,
    zepe
     
  2. patcooke

    patcooke Microsoft MVP
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    If you only use it occasionally you might as well buy a usb caddy for it and use it as an external drive, plugging it in only when needed.
     
  3. Mitchell_A

    Mitchell_A Excellent Member

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    You can change the Windows power options to automatically spin-down hard drives in your computer after a certain period of inactivity. Otherwise, I don't know of any method to do this.

    I've moved this thread to Windows 7 Hardware.
     
  4. zepe

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    Thanks Mitchell, that should work for me, I just don't want it to be running so much the time.
     
  5. Mitchell_A

    Mitchell_A Excellent Member

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    In Windows 7 it should be set to 20 minutes by default. To change this, open Power Options>>Change Plan Settings>>Change Advanced Power Settings>>Hard Disk>>Turn off Hard Disk after. Set your desired value in minutes.
     

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