On my desktop PC, beside the main HDD with the master-partition I also use a separate HDD which I actually access quite rarely, say once a week.

So I want to know if there's any application utility out there which can let me stop the HDD when I don't need it running and restart it when I need it. I want to reduce both the overall power consumption and the wear of the disk.


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    Please retag your question with the operating system you want to achieve this with or add more info to the question. – Jan Gerlinger Jul 25 '12 at 8:41

If you are using GNU/Linux try usingf hdparm (e.g. hdparm -S180) If you use an other OS please mention that in the post or tag your post with that OS.

Assuming Windows, just the configure power-management settings [1] [2] [3] to turn off the drives after about five minutes instead of the default 15 or so. Windows will know the other drive hasn’t been used in a while and shut it down, while the the drive that is continually being used will continue to run (I don’t think the system drive ever shuts down).

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