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Windows 7: Folder on unused drive takes 5 to 10 seconds to open, is this normal?


17 Mar 2013   #1

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Folder on unused drive takes 5 to 10 seconds to open, is this normal?

Truly had a hard time trying to describe a proper title.
Here's what I mean. Since I got this computer 3 years ago and along it Windows 7 I had this problem and questioned if it was a normal Windows 7 thing or not.
I turn on the PC and, for ex., I go online. This means I am presently working on my C: drive since that is where my OS sits and along it my Browser. But at one point, say 15 minutes later I want to open a file/folder which happens to be on a different drive, D:, E: whatever. Well at this point I hear coming from my computer, sitting below me, the drive begin to spin-and I need to wait from 5 to 10 seconds before I see anything on the screen--Windows Explorer. Is this normal or what? If not, what is going on exactly.
At this point, afterwards the folder siting on the drive takes no time to open, or a new folder or whatever but if I wait a while, say 30 minutes and then decide to open another folder sitting on another drive the same thing happens

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17 Mar 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello pintree,

Yes, this is normal when you have Windows set to Turn off hard disk after X amount of idle minutes instead of "Never". If you like, the tutorial below can helps how you how to set this to "Never" to no longer have your hard drives turn off.

Hard Drive - Turn Off Hard Disk After Idle or Never

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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18 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Thank you very much it was quite informative. I guess it's a good thing whereby it's purpose for existence is to give the hard drive less wear-and-tear and creating less heat for the computer (and the drive itself).
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18 Mar 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome. Yeah, it can be a handy feature.
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