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Windows 7: sleep mode, but exclude a program that prevents it ?

05 Aug 2014   #1
stuartrozier

Windows 7 Home Pre 64bit
 
 
sleep mode, but exclude a program that prevents it ?

Hello,

I have a program called 'wd anywhere backup' by western digital, a backup program, that constantly runs, because it syncs any changes in files, and backs them up in real time.

...this program stops my pc from sleeping.

I have a command that runs on a scheduled task, that kills the program - so that it'll let my pc sleep when idle.

but ... like on apple, is their a way of letting the comp sleep, but to exclude the program running, or ignore it ? or a task ? or a command ?

Many thanks


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05 Aug 2014   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

How many files is it watching? My feeling about these autobackup on change utilities is that they are fine in concept. But in practice they use a Windows API to detect file system changes, that is a resource hog.

If you have a single folder tree that you back up my recommendation is to use FreeCommander folder compare/sync function or something similar. The folder contents compare is fast. You are presented with a list of all files that would be copied with arrows showing the direction of the copy and if there is a target file that will be overwritten. You can remove any entries from the list before pressing Go.

Make sure to download fc_setup_.zip at the bottom of this page:
FreeCommander - freeware file manager

The newer free commander XE is not completely implemented yet. The folder sync and file renamer in this tool are gems. But only the 2009 version has them.
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06 Aug 2014   #3
DKnowWD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Answer:
Hello there stuartrozier,

Unfortunately, there is no way for a certain Windows based computer to enter sleep mode and in the same time have a program actively working on it.

Hope this helps
D_Know_WD
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22 Aug 2014   #4
stuartrozier

Windows 7 Home Pre 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DKnowWD View Post
Answer:
Hello there stuartrozier,

Unfortunately, there is no way for a certain Windows based computer to enter sleep mode and in the same time have a program actively working on it.

Hope this helps
D_Know_WD
thanks for reply, so for late response -

do think their might be a script that could possibly be written, that could be executed when idle, that would possibly override the program running ? maybe, possibly ha
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22 Aug 2014   #5
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Schedule a task for when computer is idle

In this case the "task" would just be an app killer that stops your WD program by name.

You might find 3rd party freeware easier to use that packages the info up and creates a task in Task Scheduler. Try the big freeware sites.
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22 Aug 2014   #6
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You could try StandbyHelper.
It has an option to close Applications.

StandbyHelper - 1.0.0.5 - andy vt's tools & blog
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