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Sleep hard disk after X minutes of idle

I want to make two drives sleep after 15 minutes of idle (sdb and sdc) on Linux Arch. I have the idea that hdparm should be able to help me. I can put the disks into standby (hard disk spins down, ...
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Something's turning off my hard drive

I have an Acer Aspire V3-771G laptop With Intel chipset and NVidia 650M Graphics, running Windows 8.1 pro. The laptop has 2 hard drive slots. A few weeks ago I installed an SSD in my laptop. I ...
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HDD randomly turns off and then on

I have problem with my SATA HDD - it shutdowns itself from ocassionally, and then almost immediately turns back on again. It's system drive and the only one in my PC. I've disabled turning hdd off in ...
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Why deleting a file in windows re-spin / wake up / power up all the hard drives?

If I delete a file on HD 1, and HD 2 is sleeping (power down), windows spins it up for some reason. I'm using the regular recyle bin. Turning off the recycle bin for all partitions on HD 2 won't help ...
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Setting HDD Turn Off per disk

I can only find a setting that is applied to every HDDs. What if I have multiple disks on my system and want to set different time for each disk? Is there any way?
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Is it safe to add or remove any type of device while in sleep mode?

Is it safe to add (plug in) or remove (unplug) any device while Windows is in sleep (a.k.a. standby, a.k.a. suspend) mode? What type of devices can be added or removed in this manner? Can you do this ...
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Is it possible to create individual power settings for each hard drive?

I have a number of different drives that I use for different purposes but I only use two of them frequently. I would like for the others to enter sleep mode when not in use, but never my main two. Is ...
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Power management in Solaris 11 using poweradm?

In Oracle Solaris 11.1, pmconfig had completely vanished, and poweradm is available instead. While pmconfig was still available, I used to... Auto suspend : Let my server suspend from 2 AM through 7 ...
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What do different values of hard drive's Advanced Power Management feature (hdparm -B) affect, except spin-down?

hdparm's -B parameter is documented as: Get/set Advanced Power Management feature, if the drive supports it. A low value means aggressive power management and a high value means better per‐ ...
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How to keep a hard drive from going to sleep?

I have two hard disk drives in my Windows 8 desktop. The issue I am having is that the secondary hard drive goes to sleep frequently (I assume do to inactivity while I am only using the primary ...
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Is there a way to disable power management on a Seagate ST2000DM001 harddrive completely?

After I bring my Seagate ST2000DM001 harddrive offline using Diskpart, then spin it down using HDDScan for Windows 3.3, and then finally disable its device driver using DevCon so that AFAIK no ...
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How to track which program causes my harddrive to spin up

I have a strange problem: Every half hour one of my hard disks gets powered on again. I recognize this by the sound of a hard disk spinning up. So far I was not able to track which program could ...
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Hard disks power down, even when set to “never” in “Power Options”

In Windows XP: A few of my hard disk(s) power down occasionally, even when I have set them to "never" turn off, in the Control Panel's "Power Options", and even saved the new power-theme. What do I ...
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571 views

Will a hard drive use less power if it is unmounted?

I recently did the Optibay mod on my 13" Macbook Pro, the stock magnetic drives now lives where the optical drive used to be. And an SSD has taken its place. It's all good, but power consumption ...
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348 views

HDD light blinking every second

some people asked about it already, but in my case it isn't a problem with the CD drive (it happens even when I take it out). I run procmon from SysInternals for a while and found out, that ...
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Second HDD automatically stops after 30 seconds of inactivity

I have ASUS G53JW notebook with two HDDs (2x500GB Seagate ST95005620AS). Second HDD automatically stops after 30 seconds of inactivity. Always. I'm using Windows 7 x64. If I run a game from this HDD ...
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How to plug-in this hard drive?

I need to install this hard drive "WD800JD-60JRC0". It is Serial ATA. But what really confuses me is that it has molex connector. I think I can plug what I want: SATA power cable or Molex. But which ...
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How do I get my disks to spin down after one hour?

I'm currently configuring a new home server, and I am trying to get the disks to spin down after one hour. But they do not spin down. Setup I have my entire system on an ssd: /dev/sda. I have three ...
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Power Options: Turn off harddrive. Effective or dangerous?

I keep a PC running 24x7 as it handles several light (processor-wise and disk-wise) tasks and acts as a jumping point into my network from outside. I'd like to keep it as energy efficient as possible. ...
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189 views

Spin down hard drive while on treadmill (or car or any other shaky environment)

I have a laptop with 8GB of RAM running Windows 7. Is it possible to completely shut off the hard drive while browsing the web? I use Firefox. I figure I would need to do this if I wanted to prevent ...
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Does Power-Management Affect a Hard-Drive’s SMART Statistics?

Among the various fields in a hard-drive’s SMART statistics, a few are flagged as “life-critical”, that is, those values determine the primary health of the drive and how long it may have left before ...
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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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attach two hdds to a computer having 500W smps

I have a desktop system installed with a 250 GB hdd (seagate sata II) this system is having a power supply of 500W (not sure if it is 650W but not more than that) the power supply is a local brand. ...
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Shutting down hard-disks from their on/off button or directly turning on/off the power point?

I have 4 hard-disks connected to a power point I can turn off with a button, to avoid troubles I always turn off the disks with their turn on/off button, but I don't know if I can simply use power ...
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At what point does shutting a computer down become preferred to leaving it on from a longevity standpoint [closed]

As the title says. Basically, I have two small home NASes, one that backs the other up. Each has a bunch (5) of 2TB drives in RAID5. I'd like to turn the backup NAS off, but I run daily syncing. ...
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Disable “Turn off hard disk after” in windows 7

How can I disable this feature? In the power options apparently I can only choose the minutes and I don't see a "Off" option. If I set it to 0 minutes, it sets itself to 1. For now I set it to ...
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Stronger laptop_mode in Linux

Can I have stronger laptop mode in Linux? I want to spin down the hard drive and prevent it to spin up even if something wants to read something not in cache. In general I want to have these modes: ...
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1answer
692 views

Detect when hard disk goes to sleep

Is it possible to trace when Windows turns off a hard disk (due to the power saving threshold being met)? I'd like to see when (if at all) the disks are being turned off.
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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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Possible to force all disk activity to RAM?

I want to tell the operating system to stop using my hard disk and only use RAM as a cache instead. Optimally, I want to tell Windows to: a) pre-cache executable images and necessary bootstrap data ...
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2answers
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Are there any utilities for easily disabling/enabling extra hard drives?

I just got an Asus G60 laptop, will be installing an SSD as the primary, and will use the existing HDD as a storage drive. Is there a utility that I can use to turn off/disconnect the storage drive ...
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Is turning off hard disks harmful?

I set Windows 7 to turn off hard disks after 20 minutes of nonuse, which it does a really good job at - it seems to turn off individual hard disks that have been idle for 20 minutes exactly. When I ...