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Windows 7: keeping drives "awake"

04 Jul 2015   #11
libastral

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Windows doesn't turn off HDD unless you specify it in the Power Plan.

That program is for WD Green Drives (WD1000FYPS-01ZKB0, WD7500AYPS-01ZKB0, WD7501AYPS-01ZKB0), yours is not listed.

I couldn't read through all of this, maybe you can find something relevant WD 750GB (and 640GB) Scorpio HDs in Unibody MacBook/Pros
Yeah, I guess it's the inherent flaw in the drive, I found this and apparently no one has a real solution.
Very annoying head parking and spinning down of a ... - WD Community


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06 Jul 2015   #12
CKWD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi libastral and thanks GokAy, again, for PM-ing me about this thread; I was out of town for a few days.

Libastral, can you post your laptop specs, including the drives' details? Which WD drive do you have? GokAy is generally correct, if this is a WD Green or Red, they are IntelliPower and are supposed to do the spin down after being inactive for some time.

But it looks like you have a Scorpio Blue drive, these models were made with 5200 RPM to 5400RPM, a bit slower than the usual 7200 RPM, so may be it's that difference you are experiencing? Or more likely it's the WD SecurePark feature you are experiencing, exactly which parks the head off the disk surface.

You could have the option to go to power management and probably slow the process down somehow. Otherwise, I do not believe the head parking can be fully disabled, it s a feature in the design of the drive. Unlike this older model, the newer WD Blue does not have the head parking feature.

May be this thread from the WD Community can help you?

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07 Jul 2015   #13
libastral

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay, I think the hdd is just got bad over the years that's why the motor behaves wonky: it only powers on when I open a file from the HDD, then instantly shuts down (yeah, I don't think that this is some kind of power saving feature). It was never like this before. Is there some app that writes to HDD every second to keep it awake? Like that, but that has only one minute.
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08 Jul 2015   #14
CKWD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Unfortunately, I am not aware of any such programs that could be reading/writing off of/to the drive. I don't believe that is a wise decision, also. From what you've said, if the drive is now behaving like this, but hasn't before, then may be this isn't just the SecurePark feature of the drive, may be these are performance drops and lags. Check its health, just to be sure.

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08 Jul 2015   #15
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by libastral View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Windows doesn't turn off HDD unless you specify it in the Power Plan.

That program is for WD Green Drives (WD1000FYPS-01ZKB0, WD7500AYPS-01ZKB0, WD7501AYPS-01ZKB0), yours is not listed.

I couldn't read through all of this, maybe you can find something relevant WD 750GB (and 640GB) Scorpio HDs in Unibody MacBook/Pros
Yeah, I guess it's the inherent flaw in the drive, I found this and apparently no one has a real solution.
Very annoying head parking and spinning down of a ... - WD Community
Technically, it is a potentially annoying design feature intended to reduce power consumption, not a flaw. I would never use a Green inside my computer but they work great for backup drives that connected only long enough to update a backup. The spin down and head parking feature actually is an advantage for me since it reduces the chances of platter damage when I remove the backup drive from my hot swap bay.
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11 Jul 2015   #16
libastral

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Finally solved it with CrystalDiskInfo by disabling APM and AAM.
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