I have a Seagate external drive that I save my backups to. I run my backup around midnight, when the computer has not been used for a good 5-6 hours. I have been getting errors with the backup that the drive has not been accessible and thus the backup is not successful.

When I double click on the drive icon in This PC , is takes about 20 seconds for the green bar to scroll across the top of the dialog box before I can see the full contents of the drive. The old Seagate software used to allow me to adjust the properties of the drives to make sure the drives stay awake at all times. As has been posted elsewhere, Seagate has not updated its software to be compatible with W10.

So my question is are there any other ways to make sure the external drive remains accessible after not being used for a while? Thanks for any thoughts.