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Windows 7: How to turn off external hard disk

23 Jun 2010   #1
Miguel Jara

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
How to turn off external hard disk

Hi,

Iīve just installed win7 on my laptop, before of it I had XP. In XP when I saffetly remove my hard disks after a while (5 seconds aprox) it turned off, i.e. it just didnīt vibrate more and as I think it means that it stoped to take energy from the laptop. My external HD use just one usb for data and energy. I post this thread because when I saffetly remove the same external HD in Win7, after it says that it is possible to disconnect it the HD remains vibrating, i.e. taking energy from the laptop issue that worry me because I feel that if I disconnect it in this way I will damage it.

Please tell me what could I do to fix it.

Excuses for my english hope you could help me.

Thanks for your attention,

M


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23 Jun 2010   #2
fishnbanjo

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Does it have an external power supply as well? If it does it should have a switch to power it down. How are you telling it to shut down?
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23 Jun 2010   #3
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

You can also safely eject the drive first: here , then power-off or unplug the usb cable...:
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24 Jun 2010   #4
Miguel Jara

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Hi, Thanks for the interest.

My external HD does not have somethind like a switch to turn it off. it just have an USB cable.

The problem is that after I safetly remove it from the system, it remains taking energy from the laptop and to unplug it in this way is, as I could think, a kind of dangerous action for the external HD.

In winXP it works really fine, but I donīt know why it doesnīt work in the same way for win7.

Thanks again,

M
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24 Jun 2010   #5
fishnbanjo

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Are you positive the drive enclosure doesn't have a cooling fan built it which may continue to run even after the drive is safely removed by the hardware removal wizard?
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24 Jun 2010   #6
mlevy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I've noticed the same behavior with flash drives that have LED lights on them, the LED remains on when 'ejected' from a Win 7 machine where it would have turned off on a Win XP machine. Not sure that there is a solution.
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24 Jun 2010   #7
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Miguel Jara View Post
Hi, Thanks for the interest.

My external HD does not have somethind like a switch to turn it off. it just have an USB cable.

The problem is that after I safetly remove it from the system, it remains taking energy from the laptop and to unplug it in this way is, as I could think, a kind of dangerous action for the external HD.

In winXP it works really fine, but I donīt know why it doesnīt work in the same way for win7.

Thanks again,

M
I do not think it is a big matter after you have "safely remove" the hard drive, to unplug the drive from the USB port, even if the light is still on.
That's the Way Windows7 handle the external drive. I've not encounter any issue of data loss after doing that way.
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