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Windows 7: Sleeping Hard Drives Causing Slow Loads.

14 Aug 2016   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Sleeping Hard Drives Causing Slow Loads.

Hello reader,

I was hoping someone could hopefully help me eliminate this issue. Every time I start Photoshop
my sleeping HDD's will wake up and slow the loading time. I hear the mechanical noise of them starting to spin while Photoshop is in limbo until they are finished. Granted it only takes a few seconds per drive but man is it annoying, especially when Photoshop is set to use a SSD as it's only scratch disk and is installed on a different SSD.

Is it Windows that's causing this or Photoshop? I have Windows set to turn off disks after 20 minutes, Photoshop, as mentioned above only has one scratch disk which is a SSD.

Is there any way I can keep drives that shouldn't be getting used to stay powered off when I load Photoshop?

Normally when I access a powered off drive I hear only that drive spinning up when I click a file in it but with Photoshop I hear them all starting to spin.


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14 Aug 2016   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Skullomania, :)

I find this to be inconsistent as well. Usually setting Turn off hard disk after to "Never" or higher minutes to prevent the drives from being turned off/on as often may help.

Hard Drive - Turn Off Hard Disk After Idle or Never
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14 Aug 2016   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate

Hi Brink,

Thanks for reply. I thought of doing this but was worried it would cause extra wear on my drive. I see yourself and others saying (on another thread) that the only difference is in the power consumption. Never it is then and here's to a whiney spin up free existence!

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14 Aug 2016   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome.

If you have your computer set to go to sleep/hibernate after so many minutes (ex: 60), that will turn off the drives as well to save on power when you are leaving your computer idle.
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