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WD Green 2TB Drive - Possible disable sleep?

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I use this drive as my media drive but I dislike how it goes to some sort of sleep mode when not in use. Waking it up takes a bit longer then I'd like.

So yeah, any way to disable it?
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There's should be WD software to do that for you, not sure about how to do it normally through windows as I don't use it often.
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Yea. Its Control Panel - Hardware and sound - power options - edit plan settings - change advanced power settings

Tell it to turn off hard disk - never
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Thank you!!!
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Thank you!!!

np man. yea, it was pissing me off for a while too when I would want to open my movie drive and it was so slow compared to ssd lol.
post #6 of 6
First of all, what is the model of the drive? If you have a WD20EARS then it has a "feature" that will make the read/write head will park every 8 seconds. Two things happen from that, none of them good.
1) It takes longer for the drive to "wake up" and
2) It's the primary reason why you hear reports of these drives dying after a year.

BUT there is a solution!

This article talks about a couple of things and with Linux but you only need to read the "To fix the head parking issue" section:
WD Green Drives - BUYER BEWARE

I've personally disabled the timer and have had absolutely no issues. Before that I had an alarming amount of head parks. The only downside to it is that power consumption will be slightly higher, but negligible.

One more thing. The wdidle3 program will apply this to all applicable drives in your system so disconnect all the other ones you don't want to apply it to. Hope this helps. thumb.gif
     
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