Windows 10: Seek usb operated power switch

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       19 Jul 2017 #1

    Seek usb operated power switch

    I recently installed an outboard hard drive in a SATA usb box. Works fine but requires manual switch to power on and off. Is there a usb operated power switch socket that could be activated by a batch command?
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  2.    19 Jul 2017 #2

    The $90 power outlet strip appears to be the only one controlled by USB. The others are controlled by WiFi.
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       20 Jul 2017 #3

    Thanks for the info. At that price I'll turn it on manually -- and review available backup programs. I constructed a backup .bat script that works except for that.


    Oops. Backup program won't turn on the drive, either. Looks like backup to a big usb stick.
    Last edited by tcebob; 20 Jul 2017 at 13:54.
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  4.    20 Jul 2017 #4

    The USB Hard Drive should wake from sleep when a program needs to access it.
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  5.    20 Jul 2017 #5

    You could just unplug it when you don't want it on.
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       20 Jul 2017 #6

    Well, yeah -- it has a switch right up front. Thing is, I want to turn it on and off automatically via a batch file which will then back up selected directories.

    When it is turned off Windows does not see it and will not turn it on

    Hence the usb stick, which can stay on permanently.
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