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Right now my computer has an SSD as a boot drive and a WD Caviar Black 1TB as the storage drive. I think the storage drive goes to sleep if I haven't accessed anything on it for a while because when I do go to access something on it, I can hear it spin up in my case and there is a delay before I can do anything.

Does anyone else experience this and is there a way I can stop it? Because the little "hangs" I get when I go to the drive can be quite annoying sometimes. Cheers.
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I notice that happens in my system too, it is quite annoying some times. I want to find out. I will look and see what I can find.
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Control panel, Power saving options, Change plan settings, change advanced power settings, Hard disk, turn off hard disk after X amounts of minutes to "Never"

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Edited by Lazloisdavrock - 11/19/11 at 10:52pm
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Control panel, Power saving options, Change plan settings, change advanced power savings, Hard disk, turn off hard disk after X amounts of minutes to "Never"

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That doesn't work for my data drive or backup drive, only the SSD.
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Originally Posted by Lazloisdavrock View Post

Control panel, Power saving options, Change plan settings, change advanced power savings, Hard disk, turn off hard disk after X amounts of minutes to "Never"

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That doesn't work for my data drive or backup drive, only the SSD.

Do you have other software adjusting your power plan?
     
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Nope.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lazloisdavrock View Post

Control panel, Power saving options, Change plan settings, change advanced power settings, Hard disk, turn off hard disk after X amounts of minutes to "Never"
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I just applied this, will update later about whether or not it worked. Thanks for the response.
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By the way, will changing it to never sleep - of course this will use more power, but will it affect the drives longevity in general? I assume that it isn't a big deal though since it's like an HDD that is being used as a boot drive that doesn't sleep while the system is running.
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By the way, will changing it to never sleep - of course this will use more power, but will it affect the drives longevity in general? I assume that it isn't a big deal though since it's like an HDD that is being used as a boot drive that doesn't sleep while the system is running.

It shouldn't affect the lifespan in any negative way. It might even improve it. Spinup wear and tear is one way that a drive's motor can fail. It's a storage drive, so unlike your OS drive, the head isn't going to be worked all that hard even though it's spinning. Probably spinning + idle is the best state for drive longevity.
     
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I had read about drives spinning up and then idling was typically bad in an article, thanks for clearing that up.
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