Prevent Windows XP from spinning up unused USB HDD
Posted on 2007-09-30
I have a Western Digital Mybook Pro 500 Gb extern drive connected with USB2 to my PC. The PC is AMD 3800 X2 based with an ASUS motherboard running Windows XP PRO. I only use the drive for backups and these run automatically at 8 PM every day.
I have a very quiet PC and my problem is that the noise from the WD drive totally ruins this experience. I would like the WD drive to stay quiet when it is not used, but it seems that Windows XP keeps accessing it all the time, making it spin up for no reason, (as i see it...). BTW I have disabled indexing.
So, if anyone could advise on how I can make a USB drive quiet except for between 8pm and perhaps 8.30pm it would be much appreciated. Perhaps it is possible to hide it from windows the rest of the time..?