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Getting USB Hard drive to go to sleep

I have a few different USB hard drives and to help reduce noise, save energy and extend the life of the drives by having them "sleep" without turning off the power switches.

Does anyone know of a sofware utility that would allow me to set windows and/or control the drives based on my windows power options to help achieve this?


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Does yours support this?

In reply to: Getting USB Hard drive to go to sleep

If not, then no software will ever fix it. As to extending the life, it's at 5 years and up. Isn't that long enough?

Ask the maker of the enclosure or device.


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In reply to: Does yours support this?

Is 5 years enough? Warranty yes (seagate), but increased chance of failure, nope.

Would rather increase the reliability of the drive if I can help it.

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Sorry, you missed it.

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The enclosure must support this. Most don't.


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Just a thought. . .

In reply to: Getting USB Hard drive to go to sleep

Look in Device Manager, with the drive attached, and see if there are any power options, like to turn it off when not in use or after a specific time.

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