External HDDs getting hot.

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  1. Posts : 541
    win 10
       #21

    Check bios to see if can turn power off to them
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  2. Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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       #22

    found the setting I think, but the problem I have is when windows is going drives are getting hot.
    Yes I can stop them from spinning or active on shutdown (that I never do) it doesnt make a difference.

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    One thing I did notice it that its only the full size drives that tend to get hot, the 3.5s do not.
    2 seagate backup plus, and 2 WD easystore, 1 WD elements . Those are the ones that get hot.
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  3. Posts : 39,953
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #23

    For comparison, if not yet done, move the drives to another computer.
    Then check drive temperatures to see if there is a difference.
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  4. Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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       #24

    Tested, one of my hottest drives. 58C on my pc.
    Other PC was 55C after leaving it idol for over 1 hour.
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  5. Posts : 12,412
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #25

    Just a note, the 'full size' drives are 3.5", same as most internal drives in Desktops. The more-portable like WDC My Passport use the 2.5" drives as are in Notebooks. The smaller usually require less power so will run cooler.

    There were larger drives 'back in the day' but I never had to deal with them when starting building in a store ['94]. There were other designations such as SCSI, MFM/RLL, full-height, etc.
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  6. Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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       #26

    Am I better off shucking them and using a HDD dock?.
    Not sure what else I can do for the exteranal HDD. and is that temperature at a constant going to be damaging to the HDDs
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  7. Posts : 12,412
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #27

    A self-powered drive dock can be useful, I have a couple with the most useful having 3 USB ports to also act as a HUB. One of the ports is also a charging port.
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