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External Harddrive Shutting Off and On Every So Often While Listening to Music

I am always listening to music on my PC (always via VLC Player) and every so often - maybe once every 2 songs, sometimes more frequently- the music stops playing (VLC's buffer/progress bar stops ...
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Dangers of using external power source with internal hard drive

Is it okay to connect a internal hard drive (IDE/SATA/SCSI) to an internal controller (e.g. on-board the motherboard) and supply the power via another power supply or an external unit like the one ...
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HDD Power Controller with API?

I just saw a new advertisement from Asrock. It said they created a "revolutionary" feature that their motherboards let users turn on/off HDD power (software-controllable). But this is basically what I ...
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windows 8 - how to stop secondary hard drives from powering down when primary is SSD

I have windows 8 running on SSD. It keeps cycling off my secondary hard drive which is not SSD. When I go to power plan I am unable to change HARD DISK > TURN OFF HARD DISK AFTER > SETTING MINUTES. ...
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Powering Off Hard Disks, is a life saver or life depleter?

Hardware description and problem introduction: I'm a Home user and I use Windows in a Home PC, I have 4 internal hard disks connected and running, 1 hard drive is for the OS, and the other hard ...
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HDD disk is turning off after wrong amount of idle time

Since few days my (very loud) secondary disk is turning off after 5-10 minutes idle, when in power settings I have set only 2 minutes. I have checked in "Process Monitor" app and nothing is using it. ...
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Why are WD hard drive specs inaccurate?

After doing my own testing with multimeters, I've edited this question from the original title "Why does WD Caviar Green use more power than Caviar Black?". I have two old 1TB Western Digital hard ...
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1answer
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Is it safe to use a power adapter with a hard disk which has output current 60% of the startup current required by hard drive?

When I was checking my external hdd Buffalo HD-LX2TU3, I found the startup current of Seagate ST2000DM001 (aka Barracuda or Desktop HDD) in it is 2.5A and output current of the adapter comes with ...
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Can I use a second power supply for hard drives? [duplicate]

I have an old Pentium-M based Shuttle PC that is great as a backup NAS solution at home, where I prefer low power consumption over speed. It only has two SATA ports. However it has a PCI slot and I ...
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Power consumption: SSD vs HDD

In questions like this one and in websites everywhere it's noted that SSDs use much less power than HDDs... usually citing ~2 W vs ~6 W for HDDs, my question (and sorry if its stupid just need to be ...
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Is there a difference between removing the power cable from the computer or removing it from the wall outlet?

Reading about computer related crimes and how law enforcement policies are lagging adjusting to the digital age, I came across this document which is a manual of sorts, recommendations for the first ...
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Linux - turn off externally powered drive

I'm running Debian (Raspbmc). I have a number of external hard drives connected via USB. These HDD are powered by an external power supply. Since I often fall asleep while watching movies, I want to ...
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How to check if my eSATAp port provides 12V power?

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13" model 0217-2QG with eSATAp port. How do i check if my port provides 12V power (enough to power a 3.5" HDD)?
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UPS for hard drive protection

I am in a place where electricity is not ideal (old house, no ground), sometimes it occasionally shuts down and supposedly there are some spikes. I consider using UPS with the goal to increase ...
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1answer
330 views

Can't turn computer on after re-attaching hard drive

I have an Eee PC 1008HA. A few days before I got a virus that was preventing the Windows to boot but I could turn the computer on. I opened (disassembled) the Eee PC, then disconnected the hard disk. ...
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How can I force an internal hard drive to power on or off when I want?

Obviously there are power management settings which Windows uses to determine when to power a hard drive off, and when to power it back on again. Powered down I assume doesn't mean absolute zero ...
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Can the length of the USB cable be the cause of a non-working external hard drive?

I have this old external hard drive, 80 GB, nothing too fancy, that is powered entirely by USB. The problem is that it keeps disconnecting itself. I remember that I tested it with a short cable (15 ...
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1answer
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When to turn off hard drive relative to sleep time in Windows 7 power settings

I've noticed that when I change the sleep time for my laptop running Windows 7 both for battery and plugged in, the timer on turning off the hard drives is not updated. Why wouldn't the hard drives ...
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Disable / enable secondary HDD with OS X?

I have installed a second HDD in my MacBook Pro, by replacing the CD drive. I can "Eject" the drive and then it stops spinning and thus using extra power. However, if I put the computer to sleep and ...
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How to make a spare HDD on-demand yet connected to the PC?

I have a single WD Green HDD which would serve as a backup. However, it's just loud (the oscillation of the HDD, etc) and just runs for nothing. It'd be only for backup and that's it. So far, I ...
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Disable or sleep secondary hard drive in Macbook

I've done some quick Googling but didn't find an answer. I've put an SSD in my Macbook, and at the same time moved the original hard drive to the optical drive bay. I'm running the OS and most of my ...
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Can a power loss break an hard disk?

Today I was working when all of a sudden a power loss (in the entire house) occurs. I tried to reboot the machine but it states that there's an "Ebios error"; tried with an Ubuntu 9.04 live cd and ...
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Is it safe to carry laptop around in sleep mode?

I heard that a hard disk in a laptop is more susceptible to damage if it is turned on. A person damaged their laptop's hard drive by having their laptop on while it was in their backpack. I also ...
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How much electricity does an external USB hard drive use when it's not being used?

My external USB hard drive requires its own power source. I noticed that if I don't use it for a while, and then try to access it later, it takes a while to startup, meaning that it was in some kind ...
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Power Two SATA Drives with One Molex

Can I safely power two hard drives (Western Digital VelociRaptor WD30000HLFS 10k RPM) from a single molex connection using a LP4 molex to 2 SATA splitter? The machine's power supply can easily handle ...