You should be able to "spin down" the drive without anything happening. You should get a bubble message showing so. Mine does. You can even "hot swap" the drive. Disconnect the USB cable and power cable so you can get the drive out of the way.
and life goes on...
Hi, I just bought an 160gb WD hard drive, stuck it in a nice little enclosure (USB) and it's changed my life.
My question is this:
With my set up (or similar set-ups), running WinXP is there any way for me to spin down my hard drive?
The enclosure has a on/off switch, but I always feel a bit worried when I just switch it off...maybe this isn't a something for me to worry about though?
Anyway, I guess really my question is: what's the best way to manage an external hard drive? Is there an application out there that will spin-down the drive when it's not being accessed?
Right. Hope that's clear. Would be grateful if anyone has any ideas (esp. any recommendations re: management applications).