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.
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.