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Windows 7: Hard Drive - Turn Off Hard Disk After Idle or Never

31 Dec 2013   #30
Geekparrot

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Thanks!

I have been struggling with this issue for a year now, and this finally solved it. I registered for this forum just to say thank you so much for posting this!!!


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31 Dec 2013   #31
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums Geekparrot. I'm happy to hear it was able to help.
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18 Aug 2014   #32
Kevbo

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 
Thanks!

This was a nuisance I was dealing with for some time. It's nice to see a little fix for this. Thanks for the info. Much appreciated!
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28 Nov 2014   #33
too

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Is there a way to selectively turn off one HD and not let windows turn it on by itself? Like an first stage backup that's in the PC but doesn't stay on or goes on and off all the time?

Thank you.
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28 Nov 2014   #34
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello too,

Not that I'm aware of, but you could disconnect the drive when not needed. The going on and off is the main reason why I just turned off this feature, or set it to have a longer idle time.
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15 Mar 2017   #35
Paul D350

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 
Windows 10 Powers off SSD instead of going to sleep

I know this is an old thread, but I hope someone that has posted previously or one of the moderators will see this and can help:

About a 1-1/2 months ago my 1GB HDD failed, along with my motherboard (due to chassis mount screws that had not been tightened at all during a warranty repair ). I decided to go with a SSD and upgraded RAM from 4GB to 8GB using (2) Crucial Ballistix 4GB sticks, and upgraded from the onboard graphics to an MSI Radeon R7 240 2gb graphics card. Reinstalled Windows 8 and upgraded to Windows 10. I have been blown away with the startup/restart speeds and pretty much everything else: even programs like Excel and Powerpoint open in a blink of an eye, and the machine just couldn't run much better, except...

About a month in, the HDD has been turning off instead of going to sleep as it was set up to do. I've gone through all the power option menus, and have also gone to "Power Options >>> Advanced Settings" to make sure that the "turn off hard disk after ___ minutes" setting is set to "never" (0 minutes). (See Attached Screenshot) The computer still shuts down completely (and reliably ) after 30 minutes every time it's left idle. Aside from a log-on screen that doesn't display properly when the computer restarts (or wakes), this thing runs great!

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance - Paul
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15 Mar 2017   #36
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Paul, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Does Windows 7 see the SSD as a SSD in Device Manager?

The "turn off hard disk after" setting only applies to a HDD, and is not suppose to affect a SSD.
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19 Mar 2017   #37
Paul D350

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Brink:

First off, thank you for your prompt reply! I thought I'd get an email notification when someone posted a response, but I didn't? Please help me find that option. I have it enabled for other forums I'm a member of but can't seem to find that setting on this forum...

Yes, my Windows 10 device manager sees the SSD as a SSD. Is there any reason I can't get it to never turn off? It wasn't doing so until about a month after I'd installed it and reinstalled the OS.

Thoughts?

Thanks - Paul

PS: I'll keep checking back here until I can figure out how to turn on email notifications...

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19 Mar 2017   #38
Paul D350

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Brink, I think I may have found how to enable email notifications. I went to subscriptions and checked the "Notification" and "Instant" tickboxes.
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19 Mar 2017   #39
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Paul,

I show that you are set to receive instant email notifications to threads that you are subscribed to. By default, you get subscribed to a thread/tutorial you post in. Double check to see if you are still subscribed to this tutorial.

https://www.sevenforums.com/faq.php?..._subscriptions

Just to clarify, what is the SSD doing to make you believe it was turned off?

Are you sure that you're not waiting on any other connected HDD to turn back on (spin up) instead?
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