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Win7Pro second hard drive how to put to sleep

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is there a way to spin down a second hard drive?  I just set up a new box with an SSD as the main drive and a spinning HD as a second drive.  In Windows 7 Power Options I don't see an option to "sleep" a second hard drive. Is there a way to do that without sleeping the main drive?
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I'm not 100% sure, but it seems that both disks uses common settings - in my case 20 minutes.
If the first HDD is active all the time and the second is inactive for 20 minutes, then the second HDD goes to sleep even if the first is active all the time.
I have noticed that in rare cases when the second disk is accessed I can hear It how it spins up. It is louder then the first HDD.
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Sleep is a function of the Operating System, and you cannot use it to isolate a drive.  you can, however, manually take it 'offline' / disable it, using the Management Console...  (Right Click My Computer > Manage)
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Maybe I should have explained 'sleep' mode first?  Sleep encompasses the entire computer, not just one function or device..  It was, and is, a power saving function, originally meant primarily for portable comptuers..  laptops...  you cannot isolate just one component when directing the system to 'sleep' or 'hibernate'..  

hope that explains it sufficiently?  
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..a hammer..?lol
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or a hammer.
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