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Spinning down individual hard disks

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Berserker, 13 Jan 2006.

  1. Berserker

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    I don't use all the disks in my PCs all the time, so I'd like to spin down the ones that don't get used much. I don't want to use power management to do this as that applies to all disks, and regular spin down/up cycles puts extra strain on the hardware.

    Anyone got any ideas? I found some really old shareware that might work, but I'd prefer free if possible. After all, I can do this in Linux for free. :)
     
  2. Scottland

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    I asked a few weeks ago, and apparantly there is no way of doing it :(

    What is the shareware software that you found to do it?
     
  3. NathanE

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    Been searching for a way to do for years.

    Let me know if you find out! :)
     
  4. Ricochet J

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    Whats spin down/up. I've got linux, if its worth it I might do it :)
     
  5. Berserker

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    Linux users can use hdparm -S to set the standby time for individual disks. Works a treat. :)

    As for Windows, I found a program called hdsleep that's supposed to work, but (a) it was written in 1999, (b) I could only find a shareware version, (c) the guy who wrote it has disappeared from the web, and (d) there are reports it doesn't work on WinXP anyway.