Turn off hard drive

zepe

New Member
#1
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
 


patcooke

Microsoft MVP
Staff member
Premium Supporter
Microsoft MVP
#2
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.
 


Mitchell_A

Essential Member
#3
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.
 


zepe

New Member
#4
Thanks Mitchell, that should work for me, I just don't want it to be running so much the time.
 


Mitchell_A

Essential Member
#5
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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