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

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

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


    Hey guys,

    I have a Crucial M4 128GB SSD as my main C drive and a WD 1TB Caviar Blue Platter drive as D which is secondary.

    Since upgrading to 8 I've noticed that my drive won't shut itself off after X minutes as specified in the Power Options plan. I tried setting it to 1 minute, waited, and opened it again and it responded straight ahead. I remember that there was a delay in response time back in Windows 7.

    Is it possible that Windows 8 is not powering off my drive? Or that 8 improved over 7 so much that it powers it on and responds back so quickly? Generally I wouldn't mind, but I don't like the fact that the drive is spinning all the time and could speed up its aging, also, it's noisy

    Thanks for the help.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    I remember that there was a delay in response time back in Windows 7.
    Did you have an SSD back in Win 7? If not, since there is no spinup time required for an SSD, I'm not sure how effective your test really is at this point.

    Good luck.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Hey,

    Yes I did have the SSD with Win 7 as well.

    The problem is not the SSD though, it's the WD HDD which doesn't seem to turn itself off...
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Can you give us a screenshot of the specific setting for that second hard drive?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    It's basically pretty simple, I'm using "High Performance" in the Power Options and I've set "Turn off Hard Disks after" to 1 minute and the drive doesn't seem to shut itself off, I wasn't aware that there's an option to separate the SSD from the HDD, as I understand this setting is global to all drives in the computer, right?I have to open the PC and touch the drive to see if it stops spinning, I can do that later as I'm not at home right now.
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    Windows 8.1


    I don't think its that simple and that's why I asked where you were looking. Specifically, that option say "turn off hard disk (not disks) so I am wondering if that was meant to include "all discs" and, if so, why isn't it expressed as a plural? Unfortunately, I am on a single drive computer right now and I have no way to test a system drive plus an additional SATA drive to see if it refers to both; however, I have my reservations about your interpretation so maybe someone else can chime in to confirm how their setup actually works. Good luck.

    my2cents,
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  7. #7


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


    is your page file on your ssd or hdd? If it's on the hdd (maybe windows 8 moved it there) then your hdd will never spin down regardless of settings.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    No page file on the WD drive, it's completely clean in terms of system data. If I understand correctly after reading about drives, a drive will ALWAYS spin as long as it is connected to a power source. However, Windows is supposed to suspend it after X minutes as specified to preserve power. I do remember that in Win 7, it would take a few seconds for the drive to load but in Windows 8 this simply doesn't happen. So either the drive is suspended and boots back up REALLY quickly in 8 or it's just not being suspended.

    I know that the setting says disk and not "disks" plural, but it said the same in 7 and it did work back then. Does anyone know if WD drives have their own power management cycles within the drive that overlook windows settings?
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    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    I know that the setting says disk and not "disks" plural, but it said the same in 7 and it did work back then.
    Wish I could test it for you but the only rig I have, with two SATA drives installed, is running 8.1 but mine are both SSDs. Anyway, you seem like an informed individual so, if no one responds with a fix for your issue, then please post back when you find the solution. Good luck.

    my2cents
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  10. #10


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Will do. Hope someone can assist over here as well
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