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I currently have my games and other such large files placed in my 2x 1tb drives(set to one stripe in windows) but whenever I try to access the data like open itunes or play a steam game I have to wait and I hear my drives spinning up and clicking(what they do when they start). So I assume they aren't always on.

Is this a normal thing for multiple drives?

Is there anyway to make it so they are always on?
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I currently have my games and other such large files placed in my 2x 1tb drives(set to one stripe in windows) but whenever I try to access the data like open itunes or play a steam game I have to wait and I hear my drives spinning up and clicking(what they do when they start). So I assume they aren't always on.
Is this a normal thing for multiple drives?
Is there anyway to make it so they are always on?

i have the same thing if i leave my system inactive or dont access something on my mass storage drive (1tb samsung f3) it seems to go to sleep then i hear it spin and it seems to access what ever it needs, minor delay and usually on accounts for a second or 2 of delay.

bottom line. Youre not alone!
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I currently have my games and other such large files placed in my 2x 1tb drives(set to one stripe in windows) but whenever I try to access the data like open itunes or play a steam game I have to wait and I hear my drives spinning up and clicking(what they do when they start). So I assume they aren't always on.
Is this a normal thing for multiple drives?
Is there anyway to make it so they are always on?

I'm an idiot and didn't read this closely enough. Obv you have gotten the right answers. Cheers, and sorry bout that. doh.gif
Edited by RedStapler - 3/7/12 at 11:50am
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what drives do you have? my green drives do that, but there ment too. also i believe you can change the hdd off option in power settings (windows) along with the selective usb sleep settings for ext hdds
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what drives do you have my green drives do that, but there ment too. also i believe you can change the hdd off option in power settings (windows) along with the selective usb sleep settings for ext hdds

This.

Go into control panel, power options, (edit:) change plan settings. You can tell your HDDs to never spin down, or give a specific time (20min, 30min, etc) of idle after which they spin down.

Hope that helps.

With an SSD, I'm GLAD my HDDs go quiet when not needed. That's annoying and unnecessary. Biggest gain from SSD (for me?): Much more quiet.
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@waedoe Yeah it's not a big problem just a tad annoying.

@RedStapler The clicking has been there for a year. it is on both of my f3's it isn't a fault it's just what they seem to do when they turn on.

@burksdb I will look into that.
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I doubt OP is talking about clicking like it's a failed drive. I have a Sata drive and an external USB drive that do power down almost like a sleep mode when they're not being accessed. I hear mine turn themselves off as well as turn on, it doesn't mean the drive is failing either. You can even check the SMART data on the HDD if you're concerned about it. If you don't like this power saving feature you can go into your power management advanced power settings, look under the hard disk options for "turn off hard disk after" and set it to a higher value.
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Yes it is normal

check this out to keep them on: http://nosleephd.codeplex.com/
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HAZA THANK YOU. I checked power options and there is a section called hard disk and it was set to turn them off after 20 minutes so I changed it to 9999999 minutes so it will take 6944 days till they turn off biggrin.gif
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HAZA THANK YOU. I checked power options and there is a section called hard disk and it was set to turn them off after 20 minutes so I changed it to 9999999 minutes so it will take 6944 days till they turn off biggrin.gif

you can set it to simply 0 and it will = never thus it will not turn off the drive at all. Also that is for the OS drive only, not the secondary disks.
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