Turn Off Hard Discs?

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  1. Sexual Vanilla

    Sexual Vanilla New Member

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    So what benefit is there for turning off your hard discs in the Power Options dialog box, as seen here?
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    I've always seen it, but I've never selected the option because I'm not quite sure what it does or how it affects my computer. Anyone know?
     
  2. Tk

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    nothing. it turns off the hard disk to save power. but obviously you wont be able to do anything with it being off, so if you have any activity it turns it back on. kinda pointless.
     
  3. deusexaethera

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    It's useful for people who leave their computers on for long periods of time without actually using them for anything.
     
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    I have mine set to 15mins. That way I can walk away from my machine and it will cycle down drives it doesn't need (several drives don't need to be on if I'm only downloading to one). Theoretically, you increase the longevity of the drives. Practically, you reduce noise and power consumption.

    It's crucial for notebooks, too.
     
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    So if I leave my laptop on most of the time, should I power down the hard disks? I don't use my laptop for most of the day while I'm at work, but I do occasionally use remote desktop to access some files throughout the course of the day. Would this be affected?
     
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    no because the unit will power on the drive as neccessary. When you're using it, it spins... when it's idle for longer than the set time period, it stops spinning.

    It's a win-win.
     
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    Gotcha...thanks for the info.
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    So on my pc, I have four hard drives. If I set it to 15 minutes, but I have a big download going on, the 3 backup drives will shuttle down, but the one
    the file is downloading on won't?
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Danke.
     
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    Shutting down the drives will greatly increase their lifespan. My old company learned this the hard way - they had desktop-class hard drives in their servers, and had them set to run 24x7. They lasted about a year and then succumbed to a catastrophic death - the heads literally started falling apart, and the little bits that fell off got stuck between the head (again) and the platters. In the end, the platters were see-through because of the abrasive effect. :noes:

    No data was recovered.
     

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