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Windows 8 Pro x64 won't shut off WD Hard Drive?

  1. #11


    USA, CA
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    WIN 7 PRO x64, WIN 8.1 PRO x64


    it doesn't cut power it tells the drive to park it self as in park the heads and stop spinning, the os always knows its there though. you can check whats its doing with the performance monitor and see if it is always being hammered by some program keeping it from being inactive long enough to spin down. EDIT: you need the resource monitor sorry it can be opened from the performance one though.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    You could also try a powercfg -a command to check you available S1 thru S5 states:

    Sleep States - Available on Your Windows 8 PC

    Some rigs have BIOS options that need to be set to allow/disallow them accordingly. Just a non-technical suggestion on my part.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Checked the Resources Monitor, it shows the drive on 0% active so nothing's actually working there, but it's always spinning. I think WD has its own power management system which turns off the drive after a specific amount of time. What I'll do tonight is leave the PC on overnight and in the morning I'll try to access the D drive and see if the drive starts spinning or not...
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  4. #14


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    Posts : 191
    WIN 7 PRO x64, WIN 8.1 PRO x64


    I don't think blues have that power management built-in like the greens do. But good luck.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Will check and update.

    On a side note, thinking of upgrading my 1TB blue to a new drive. Was thinking of getting a 3TB Black.

    What do you guys think?
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  6. #16


    I did read somewhere, maybe in here, that Win 8 did not like WD HDD's.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Ok, this is a pickle.

    My friend has the exact same board as me and the exact same Caviar Blue HDD.

    We let his PC on overnight and then accessed the disk and you could clearly hear it spin up, which means it's working fine.

    I have tried the same thing on my computer but, it doesn't work! Left it on overnight and accessed it in the morning, there was no spin up sound. I pressed my ear as close to the drive as I could.

    The only difference between us is that he's using Windows 8.1 and I'm using 8. I'm holding off the upgrade as I have a new Samsung 840 Pro SSD coming next week.

    I'm clueless!
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  8. #18


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Update: Found the root cause!

    It seems that the drive will not spin down when the SATA controller is set to AHCI mode. When I changed the mode to IDE, presto, the drive stops spinning exactly after the time I set in Windows and spins back up when accessed.

    However, in Windows 7, the mode was set to AHCI and I clearly remember that it worked so I have no idea why it is not spinning in AHCI mode. I can leave it on IDE mode but I'd be losing out on speed won't I? Is it critical for a secondary HDD to be set to AHCI?

    If anyone has some info to share on this I'd love to hear.

    Thanks.
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  9. #19


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    Posts : 191
    WIN 7 PRO x64, WIN 8.1 PRO x64


    Your ssd will perform better in ahci and it allows hot swapping, just make sure it is still using TRIM if your using ide mode. what is your motherboard? you might be having some intel/amd power drivers preventing the spin-down.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    What I did was connect the WD drive to the external SATA controller and switched that to IDE, I can't change the SSD to IDE because Windows won't boot obviously.

    My motherboard is MSI Z77A-GD65, I have tried installing Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver but that caused some startup issues on my PC, the startup would hang for like 40 seconds, tried changing the service to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed) and still didn't help. I then uninstalled it and installed an earlier version which didn't cause startup issues but it keeps saying in the Taskbar "Intel RST service is not running". Only after 2-3 minutes it suddenly starts running and there's a Green check mark on the taskbar icon. Not sure why it is delayed?

    By the time I finished with all that it was pretty late and I didn't have the patience to start testing the spin down thing, so I'll check that today. But it puzzles me why the RST service takes so long to be activated. And also, there are no settings you could set there in order to spin down drives...

    Anyway, is there anything else I can perhaps try?
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