Prevent External Western Digital Hard Drive from Hibernating

Posted on 2007-11-26
Last Modified: 2016-06-26
I have a Western Digital External Hard Drive (WD5000D032) running on a computer with Vista.  How can I prevent it from hibernating when not in use?  Does the Power Options setting for Hard Drives affect external hard drives?


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Check in BIOS that may have an option to power down drives after a period of inactivity. This option is likely to be under BIOS Features Setup or Advanced Options.

Or use windows that also has power management control within the operating system. The option is located in the Control Panel. Click on the icon labeled Power Management. Set the Turn off hard disks option to Never.
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Look in the device manager also, and under the USB Root Hubs>Properties>Power Management, and uncheck "Allow the system to turn off this device to save power". Do this on ALL usb hub entries, that have the option...

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I have it connected via FireWire.  Sorry, should have mentioned that.


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I think the Power Options setting for Hard Drives does affect external hard drives so that fixed my problem.

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Moderator, please accept my last comment as the answer.

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Moderator, please accept my last comment (20351953) as the answer and close this question.

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Closed, 500 points refunded.
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