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How do I keep my hard drives from going to sleep Windows 7 Professional

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How do I keep my hard drives from going to sleep Windows 7 Professional? I have my operating system and 4 separate drives.

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http://superuser.com/questions/236815/how-to-prevent-hard-drive-from-spinning-down-windows-7

It would seem that perhaps some drives have built in power saving features, so the drive itself is overriding the Windows settings.

There are special programs that people use to prevent this from happening, which essentially fake HDD activity at a set interval to prevent the drive from thinking it is idle.  Of course, what you are really doing is increasing the wear and tear on the drive and using more power.  If there REALLY isn't activity on the drive why not let it sleep when needed?

Here is one popular tool for this:
http://nosleephd.codeplex.com/
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by:Dirk Mare
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As jmcmunn said above or just go Windows Power Management

Go to control panel -> Power options

Plan Options
In the current power plan, click Change plan settings -> Change advanced power settings

Plan Optionsadv options
Under Hard disk, set Turn off hard disk after to: Never

Time

If you are using USB
Under USB settings set USB selective suspend setting to: Disabled

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Thanks both of you. Yes, I built this computer for video editing. I usually change out the drives often anyway. Now it gets to the point where I open my editing program, click a file and wait. Since I have different video stored on different HD's I have to wait until each HD spins up but sometimes the program says "Not responding" and closes. When all are spinning, the computer is fast as it wants to be. Guess I have to take the grit with the gravy, huh?
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If you can afford it then get SSD drives. They do not sleep.
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

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All three experts that assisted with this question gave more than enough info to assist the author with his problem. I would recommend points be divided equally.

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I agree with Dirk, plenty of info was given with a few solutions to the issue.
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