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Hey guys I have a problem here.

I think I got a dying 2TB seagate expansion here, it clicks when it reads something when I just plugged it in. The problem is, when I stop reading or writing from the hard drive even for 3 minutes (pausing a music,movie playback), it just fails to spin up again (it just clicks repeatedly for 15+ times before it stop clicking and my computer see it as disconnected)

I already tried turning off some power options and scheduling as suggested here: How to prevent hard drive from spinning down Windows 7? and it still spin down. Also tried to download it's software suite to change the firmware to change power options but it still spin down.

But I experience a temporary solution. When I try to seed something in a torrent file on that hard drive, it doesn't spin down and it stays detected to my PC. I can prolly just do these, but it wastes my bandwidth (got a 500gb data cap monthly)

So My question is: Is there a script/way to make my computer read something on the faulty ext hard drive constantly (just like utorrent) to stop it spinning down?

I kinda don't want to use the write file script on the thread I linked because I think writing a file constantly will wear this hard drive faster than reading on it.

I just want to use the hard drive to the fullest before it dies out. Unfortunately for me, the extended 2 year warranty that I just purchased just ended a month ago so I'm kinda pissed that I can't get a new one. Already Backupped the data on this drive so I'm ready for it to die any second.

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First things first: Backup your data. –  M.Bennett May 7 '13 at 7:47
    
Stated on my last sentence ;) –  MDuh May 7 '13 at 7:47
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You could run something like for following CMD script:

:again
dir x:\*.* /S > nul
::  adjust timeout 10s to your requirements!
ping -n 10 127.0.0.1 > nul
goto again

But this might shorten the remaining lifespan of your disk as it involves actual read operations.

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will do and report back later if it works ;) –  MDuh May 7 '13 at 9:56
    
It's working, set it to 20sec. I tested it to run for 12hours and hard drive didn't disconnect –  MDuh May 7 '13 at 22:44
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