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Windows 7: Get more performance from your hard drives

15 Dec 2009   #1
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Get more performance from your hard drives

If you think that switching to the high performance power plan is enough to set your computer to the best plan, well, it isnt.

Heres how to set your hard drives so they are included in the high performance:

1. open control panel
2. type power in the search bar and click "change power-saving settings"
3. to the right of the plan name click "change plan settings"
4. Click "change advanced power settings"
5. Go to the hard disk section and then "turn off hard disk after"
6. Enter 0 (zero) in the box (this will change to never)

Doing this prevents your disks from being "turned off".


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15 Dec 2009   #2
cristi2k

Windows 7 PRO x64
 
 

What's wrong with the HDD beeing off if u don't use it ?
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15 Dec 2009   #3
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

This is good advice. The hard drive spinning up and down (and heating up and cooling) all the time will limit the lifespan of the drive. I have always done this.

Now that I have an SSD it's not as much of an issue, but I still use 3 "spinners"

Will this work with ALL drives hooked to the motherboard or just the "System" drive I wonder.
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15 Dec 2009   #4
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cristi2k View Post
What's wrong with the HDD beeing off if u don't use it ?

for me it the drives took ages to come alive when i used them for the first time.
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15 Dec 2009   #5
Qdos

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cristi2k View Post
What's wrong with the HDD beeing off if u don't use it ?
It's contents can vanish from Windows Explorer and cause huge lags in performance when you attempt a read operation whilst the drive is dormant...
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15 Dec 2009   #6
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post

Will this work with ALL drives hooked to the motherboard or just the "System" drive I wonder.
It's all drives from my experience. As far as I'm aware you cannot select an individual drive to turn off.
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15 Dec 2009   #7
izzdihar

Windows 7 Build 7600 64 bit
 
 

This a greate advice..but im think lets the hdd choose itsself to off or on..when we dun use it,it off,when want to use,its on....
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15 Dec 2009   #8
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post

Will this work with ALL drives hooked to the motherboard or just the "System" drive I wonder.
It's all drives from my experience. As far as I'm aware you cannot select an individual drive to turn off.
Thanks for the reply. I think it's all drives too. I just leave mine running and I rarely have had problems with them.

At work, they have them set to turn off and on....I have had 3 hard drives fail on me at work.

I don't think it's a coincidence.
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