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Windows 7: HDD spin up at win shut down

13 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
HDD spin up at win shut down


I have this very annoying problem. Everytime I shut down windows all the HDD that have gone to sleep earlier spin up then they instantly spin down and windows shuts down. Even my external USB HDD behave the same when I have it connected.
Every spin up is shortening their lives so I would be glad if I could get this unnecessary spin up to stop.

What is it that windows writes to them and how can I disable it, while still being able to have the HDD's go to sleep?

My HDD configuration: 2xSATA(one using a IDE to SATA converter), 1xIDE, 1x ext.USB

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13 Jul 2010   #2

Windows XP-Pro-SP3, Windows 7

There may be other answers, but here's my take on the situation.

When Windows shuts down it has to close programs and files. It can't do that on a drive that's at rest. The drive must be accessed by windows to make sure there are no open files on it and if there are, they must be closed.

The only way I can see to eliminate this is to make sure the drives never shut down.
That's a setting in Power Management.

Letting a drive run all day puts a lot more wear and tear on it than just letting it spin up for a few seconds during shut-down. Also, a drive at rest, draws very little power and produces very little heat.

I always set my drives to power down after about ten minutes of inactivity. The drives stay cooler and last a very long time. I also put two-fan coolers on all my hard drives so they always stay at room temperature. I've never lost a hard drive since I started doing this....many years ago.

Good Luck,
The Doctor
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13 Jul 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Close everything down before you shutdown and see whether this will still happen.
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14 Jul 2010   #4

Windows XP-Pro-SP3, Windows 7

I have a Quick Shutdown icon on my desktop.
Using that, my XP or even W7 PC shuts down in 5 to 8 seconds, even though all three HD's have to spin up briefly. It's no biggie!

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11 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

I know this isn't exactly the most recent post, but I also find this situation very annoying! I have an SSD, and I have 4 additional HDDs which are all set to go to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity. The issue is that if the disks are spinning, the shutdown process is about 2 seconds, but with them having to spin up (if they are idle), it's about 7 seconds long. The timing is not the issue at all here - 2 vs 7, or even 20 seconds is a non issue for me, but what does annoy me is the environmental impact, the wear and tear and, ok I admit, the increase in time this silly step takes. Why does a "music" and "movies", and various data drives have to spin up, even if there are no open programs? Is there no way to correct this, and only spin it up if it actually needs to be? Seems like such a waste!
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13 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Finally someone with the same problem. Haven't found the answer yet so my sleeping drives are still spinning up before windows can shut down. And there is no difference with having closed all programs or not =(
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