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Windows 7: Western Digital HDD USB 3.0

05 Sep 2010   #1
Megaman0

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Western Digital HDD USB 3.0

I have a question. As all you techies probably know, when you turn on a pc that has an external western digital HDD connected to it, the HDD turns on and off with the computer. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? Reason being, I only back up to it seldom, and I often play loud music; I don't want my HDD on all the time when my computer is on. Is there some kind of workaround vs turning off the HDD right after it turns on with the PC every single time? (It's probably causing wear and tear when I do that).

Thanks everyone!


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05 Sep 2010   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Does the Ext HD have a ON/OFF power switch ?
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05 Sep 2010   #3
Megaman0

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Yes

Yes, there is a power button, but it is not a switch. It's a "press button switch"

Amazon.com: Western Digital My Book 3.0 - 1 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive with PCIe Adapter Card WDBABP0010HCH-NESN: Electronics

Even if I press the button to turn it off, when I wake up the computer from standby, the HDD turns back on again!
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05 Sep 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I use a power switch from Home Depot with a remote switch that is sitting on my desk - really handy and a cheap solution.
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05 Sep 2010   #5
Megaman0

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

WHS - Can you explain to me what materials I need and exactly how to do that?
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05 Sep 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megaman0 View Post
WHS - Can you explain to me what materials I need and exactly how to do that?
Since I am in Germany right now, I cannot look up the model number of the switch that I have in my home in Florida. But it is a little box that you plug into the outlet and into that you plug your disk. Then you can switch it on/off with a switch that looks very much like the switches on the wall except that it is mobile and you can put it anywhere. Maybe you remember the "Clapper" switches where people could switch on and off by clapping their hands - it is very similar. In Home Depot I paid $12 or $14 for it - do not quite remember since I have it already for a few years. I have several and I use them also on lights in the bedroom where I have the mobile switch on the nighttable.
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