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I've read somewhere that you can put your hard drive on idle and save around 4w. Is this true? Can I fold while the hard drive is idle?
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in the power options in the control panel you can choose to turn off the hard drives after a set period of time just like a screensaver. I'm not sure if it'll shut down while you're folding though.
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in the power options in the control panel you can choose to turn off the hard drives after a set period of time just like a screensaver. I'm not sure if it'll shut down while you're folding though.
Ah, "Turn off hard disks." I never realize that was there. I'll give it a try and see what happens.

EDIT: I set it on 3 minutes and my F@H still folds. Nothing changed and I don't feel like turning off SMP.
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It shouldnt affect any programs that are already running. And like a screansaver, It will only suspend if it isnt used for whatever time you specify. Keep this in mind if your paging file is on that HD. If you page file is constantly being accessed, then the drive is constantly in use. If it does suspend, I think it has to spin up again whenever you need to use it again. So you will be able to actually verbally tell when its in use again, aside from the delay.
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All I can say is that it's a stupid thing to do. Generally the major thing that kills harddrive is the spinning up and spinning down of it, and not by data access, so enabling this for 4w is nothing.

Also 4w on 24/7 is almost $1-3/year for most people, so it doesn't matter alot.
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All I can say is that it's a stupid thing to do. Generally the major thing that kills harddrive is the spinning up and spinning down of it, and not by data access, so enabling this for 4w is nothing.

Also 4w on 24/7 is almost $1-3/year for most people, so it doesn't matter alot.
I agree that its pointless for the most part, unless you have a hard drive that is only accesed like once every two weeks.

It also serves its purpose in laptops I suppose.
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post #7 of 7
If you want to save energy on a computer you're not using for 2 weeks, you should be turning it off to save like 150 - 600 watts (differs vastly depending on your components), not worrying about 4 watts for the hard drive.
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