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Old June 3, 2012, 07:30 AM
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Default ST31000340AS... Any way to prevent it from sleeping

So few years ago I picked up this Maxtor external 1Tb hard drive. One day I managed to break the usb port on it so I decided to take it apart and use it as an internal drive. The only issue is that it seems to go to "sleep" and sometimes when Im in the middle of something and it boots up it freezes my computer so to speak for 10 seconds and is quite annoying. Is there an option where I can prevent it from going to sleep so this doesn't happen?

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Old June 3, 2012, 08:31 AM
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assuming you are using windows 7.

Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings\Change Advanced Power Settings

expand the Hard Disk setting and choose put to sleep = never
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that setting doesn't do crap as I have a Samsung F4 of 2TB that still requires a few seconds when is being accessed to wake up. Same thing for WD 10EALS which is a 7200RPM drive. Apparently HD Tune Pro has a setting that can disable AAM ( short for Advanced Acoustic Management I think) which is the option that sends the HDD to sleep. It is trial for 15 days and 35$ the license after that. Otherwise you need a utility to disable that or reflash the bios of the HDD with that utility disabled. Might want to try the Seagate utility for that also.
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Old June 3, 2012, 10:38 AM
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I could have sworn I made sure that setting was set to never. I'll check when I get home. Is there a chance the drive had that setting imbedded in the hardware?

Seagate software is useless but I'll try the other programs. The drive wakes up even when I'm not using it.
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Old June 3, 2012, 10:53 AM
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the setting is embedded in hardware, actually is a setting in the bios of the HDD. I installed HD Tune Pro 5.0 but that option is greyed out for my drives.
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Old June 3, 2012, 10:57 AM
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That sucks. I'm ready to chuck this thing out
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actually a software from HD Tune website, called Drive Power Manager I think it can modify those settings. Trial for 21 days, 15$ after.
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Old June 22, 2012, 01:01 PM
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ah sweet...will check it out thanks.

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