blockie December 21, 2012 at 09:49:31 Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit, 3 GHz / 1919 MB
Can I automatically power down a usb external HDD. I use an USB external HDD for backup only. I have the backup program scheduled to run at 2 in the morning and the backup takes less than an hour. So the external HDD needs to be powered up only during that hour. Is there a utility available that will "spin up" the drive when it is accessed and then "spin down" after an idle time?
The first thing I would try is advanced settings under your windows' power profile. Then the drive's firmware may be configurable. You can get a utility which will access it. Seatools might, or check with the manufacturer.
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