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Windows 7: Prevent Hard Drive Spinup in Library/Homegroup view


22 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Prevent Hard Drive Spinup in Library/Homegroup view

Quick question that someone might know the answer to....

Tryin to make my HTPC as power efficient as possible... heres the setup

DISK1
- HD
--- (Movie Titles)
-------(Movie.mkv)
- TV

DISK2
- HD
--- (Movie Titles)
-------(Movie.mkv)
- XVID

ETC...... up to 7 disks


Library mode just has a folder called Movies and all the HD folders under it so everything appears like its on one partition, in one folder.

Movies (Library)
----DISK1 HD FOLDER
----DISK2 HD FOLDER
----DISK3 HD FOLDER

Now everytime i access that movies library... all the hard drives spin up.

Is there any way to cache the contents so it only spins up the drive when the actual movie title is picked on a certain drive, and only spins up that drive to play the movie?

So if Transformers was on disk 3 all i want to spin up is disk3 but i still want to be able to see whats on all 7 drives.

I hope i was clear on what is going on and what i want to happen.

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22 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

No it is not possible...the Library view is just an aggregation of separate file system calls. To get the list of files it needs to spin up the HDD to get the list of files...
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22 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
No it is not possible...the Library view is just an aggregation of separate file system calls. To get the list of files it needs to spin up the HDD to get the list of files...
damn it... i guess i'll have to eat the 6.5 watts per hd... grrrr
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22 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Or there might be another solution. Instead of aggregating everything, could make your own by using symbolic links. Link Shell Extension Will allow you RIGHT-CLICK drag a folder, then by selecting "SymbolicLink Clone" it will create a bunch of shortcuts to the real files. This may work...or it may not work to reduce HDD spin ups.
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