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Hard drive shutting down when idle

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  1. King56

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    I recently bought a new computer and upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. But when I leave my computer on all day to download something, I come back home and the hard drive has spun down, and I simply click and it comes back on. Sadly this also pauses any downloads that were going at the time. So I'm pretty sure it's a Windows option... but I can't find it.

    Under power options I found an option that turns your hard drive off after a certain amount of time of inactivity, for me this was 10 minutes. So I put it to "Never" but it still happens. Could it be the sleep option? On XP when my computer would go to sleep it wouldn't pause all downloads.

    For reference my computers specs are:

    Asus P8H67 Mobo
    Intel i5-2500 Processor
    8 GB Kingston DDR3 1333 Mhz
    Western Digital Blue 500GB 7200 RPM SATA
    Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
    LG 22x DVD-RW SATA Drive
    Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium
    Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 700W
    Antec Three Hundred
     
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    The Sleep option puts the entire computer to sleep, so that would likely cause any downloads or whatnot to stop when the computer enters the Sleep state.
     
  3. King56

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    Strange... when using XP I remember downloads continuing through sleep.
     
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    There are separate sleep modes for just the screen.
     
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