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Windows 7: Can Win7 power down USB devices not in use?


26 May 2010   #1
j1n

win7 64bit
 
 
Can Win7 power down USB devices not in use?

Hi All

Either I made this all up in my mind and am imagining things or I did hear from some where that Win 7 is able to power down and shut off USB devices (for example my 1tb external) automatically when not in use for a certain period of time. Just wondering if this is true and if there is already a feature like this that Im missing out on or like I said I just made it up in my head

Cheers

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27 May 2010   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

My 1TB external drive will put itself into stand-by mode, after 5-10 minutes of inactivity. It's not done by Windows 7 though. I'm not sure if 7 will do it for you or not.
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27 May 2010   #3

 

I just unplugged it when it's not in use
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27 May 2010   #4
j1n

win7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noobvious View Post
My 1TB external drive will put itself into stand-by mode, after 5-10 minutes of inactivity. It's not done by Windows 7 though. I'm not sure if 7 will do it for you or not.
Really...what kind of external do you have...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kucing13 View Post
I just unplugged it when it's not in use
Yah thats what I normally do, but some times I'm transferring a huge load of crap and I was just hoping there was a way that it would just go on standby by itself cus Im not always around when its done transferring.
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27 May 2010   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by j1n View Post
Hi All

Either I made this all up in my mind and am imagining things or I did hear from some where that Win 7 is able to power down and shut off USB devices (for example my 1tb external) automatically when not in use for a certain period of time. Just wondering if this is true and if there is already a feature like this that Im missing out on or like I said I just made it up in my head

Cheers
Don't have an external usb drive connected at this very minute, but--
principle is the same as in this example:

WIN key | type DEVMGMT.MSC | ENTER key
From the devices shown, find your drive, then
right-click on the drive
Select Properties item
Select the Power Management tab
checkmark Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power

I've included a snapshot for a novatel modem.


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27 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by j1n View Post
I was just hoping there was a way that it would just go on standby by itself cus Im not always around when its done transferring.
If you go into device manager, under Universal Serial Device... you will have a set of "USB Root Hub" entries. Each one has a power management tab that allows the computer to shut off power to the port.

Not sure if that's what you're asking?

Ap
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27 May 2010   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by j1n View Post
Hi All

Either I made this all up in my mind and am imagining things or I did hear from some where that Win 7 is able to power down and shut off USB devices (for example my 1tb external) automatically when not in use for a certain period of time. Just wondering if this is true and if there is already a feature like this that Im missing out on or like I said I just made it up in my head

Cheers
And here's another approach:
CONTROL PANEL | Power Options
click on Change Plan Settings for the plan you want to change
click on Change advanced power settings
I've included a snapshot of the USB settings


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27 May 2010   #8
j1n

win7 64bit
 
 

ahh sounds interesting...hopefully one of those tips will actually be what im looking for...is there an option to set the usb device to be shutdown or put on standby after "X" time of being idle??...Cus from the screen shots it doesnt seem that way
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27 May 2010   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I recommend that you investigate all of the advanced power settings options.

Play with them if you desire since the dialog also has a "Defaults" button.
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27 May 2010   #10

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by j1n View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noobvious View Post
My 1TB external drive will put itself into stand-by mode, after 5-10 minutes of inactivity. It's not done by Windows 7 though. I'm not sure if 7 will do it for you or not.
Really...what kind of external do you have...
Samsung Story Station 1 TB External hard drive
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