Windows 10: Ext. HDs: “spool-up, shut-down, spool-up, shut-down.”

  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 64 bit
       03 Feb 2017 #1

    Ext. HDs: “spool-up, shut-down, spool-up, shut-down.”

    I’ve just updated from Windows Vista to Windows 10 and my external hard drives are shutting down less than a minute after the last access. It’s now, “spool-up, shut-down, spool-up, shut-down.” How can I tell Windows to allow them to spin for longer periods of time like it was in Vista?

    Will the short run time affect the disks’ reliability?

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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,212
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18237
       03 Feb 2017 #2

    Hello @mhansen2, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    The tutorial below can help show you how to change the time for when to turn off idle drives.

    Hard Disk - Turn Off After Idle in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       03 Feb 2017 #3

    Hi Brink, thanks for the welcome.

    I did the power changes in the tutorial, but they don't affect my external drives. Is that tutorial only for the internal drive?

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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,212
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18237
       03 Feb 2017 #4

    It'll affect all internal and external HDDs, but not SSDs.

    Did you install any software (ex: backup or manage) for the external drive? If so, it may have a setting for this that's overriding Windows.

    In addition, check to see if you may have Intel Power Management software installed. It can also override what you have set in Windows.
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  5. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       03 Feb 2017 #5

    I haven't installed any software like you suggested. I'm using the external HDDs exactly as they were on the Vista system.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,212
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18237
       03 Feb 2017 #6

    As a test, if you turn off this setting in the power options for your power plan, do they still turn off?

    Depending on that external case you have these HDDs in, it could have a setting of its own for when to turn off when idle. What brand and model number are the external HDDs? I'll be happy to see if I may be able to find out more information on them.
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  7. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       04 Feb 2017 #7

    I went into the "Change Advanced Power Settings" and changed "turn off HD after" to NEVER for both plugged in and battery. After fifteen minutes, the external HDs are still running. In fact, they've been active ever since.

    I have three of the Western Digital "My Book" HDs and one of the WD "My Passport Ultra."

    Thanks again for your help.
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,212
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18237
       04 Feb 2017 #8

    That sounds promising so far.

    Next, you can try setting the time to what you want to see if that may toggle them to turn off after being idle when you want.

    If not, then you could also download and install "WD Drive Utilities for Windows" from Western Digital at the link below to set them to turn off when you like.

    My Book | WD Support

    From their settings page to help. :)

    Setting the drive sleep timer

    The drive sleep timer turns off power to your drive after a certain period of inactivity to conserve power and minimize long-term wear on the drive.

    1. If you have more than one supported device connected to your computer, select the one that you want to set.
    2. Click Sleep Timer to display the Sleep Timer dialog.
    3. On the Sleep Timer dialog:
      • Verify or click the Sleep Timer on/off toggle button to the ON position.
      • In the Select Time box, select the inactivity period for turning off the drive.
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  9. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       04 Feb 2017 #9

    Resetting "Turn off HD after" setting seems to be working. I downloaded the WD utilities as you suggested, but the dialog box covers only one HD with no option to select another. I have three connected.

    It's never easy, is it? :)
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