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Just wondered is the 5sec+ delay on reading my 1TiB external WD USB3.0 drive after a period of idleness?

Is this unique to SuperSpeed type USB or does all external USB drives have this delay before reading?

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Does the disk stop spinning after a while idle? If so, I'd assume this is pretty normal, and it's what most external hard drives do. – Renan Mar 29 '12 at 23:46
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It is likely that the drive is going to sleep after a period of idleness. The delay is because the drive needs to spin up again before being read.

This is not specific to USB 3, many other USB drives do this.

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so if I found the delay to be too annoying I'd need to go with a Solid State Drive? – rutherford Mar 30 '12 at 0:23
I build my own external usb drives, they don't have this sleep function when using an aftermarket hard drive enclosure. – Moab Mar 30 '12 at 1:56

I wouldn't worry (much). Check if there are any USB interface drivers that need updating, but don't lose any sleep over this, it's not the sign of some malfunction, probably just old drivers, or more likely, the following: the idleness does have a huge impact, because it's not a solid state drive, therefore has disks that need to spin for data to read. The disks stop spinning after a period of time, so that's another thing that you should factor in, that the disks need to start again after time.

Hope this helps!

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