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External Hard Drive won't turn off automatically

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Boballoo, Nov 16, 2004.

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  1. Boballoo

    Boballoo Thread Starter

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    I have just purchased a Maxtor 200 GB 7200 rpm external hard rive in a "BYTECC" case for my Win 2K machine. I had no real problems putting it together and getting it running but now when I shut down the computer it does not shut down. I have to turn off the switch every time and then turn it on each time I boot up. It also runs constantly. I have another 260 GB external hard drive which shuts down when I shut the computer down and stops running after a few minutes of not being accessed. I never did anything to get it to do this and I thought this was natural. How can I get my new hard drive to do the same as the the old one?

    Any advice is appreciated.
     
  2. JohnWill

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    That's the way it works normally, I just shut them off. I'm wondering how you got the one to spin down, none of mine do that. :)
     
  3. Boballoo

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    The one that shuts down automatically has done that from the day I installed it. I didn't do anything. I had another smaller external drive that did the same thing so in my experience this was the normal function. Both of these were last year's Japanese models. The new one I bought just the other day in Canada. Are we that much behind or is there a way to get this hard drive to shut down automatically when I shut down the computer?
     
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    If there is a way, I don't know the secret. :D
     
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