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Samsung G3 2TB Station

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Placid Liver, Oct 25, 2011.

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  1. Placid Liver

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    I recently bought one of these and while it seems like a decent drive, it's got a rather annoying habit of powering down after about a minute of non-use, and then having to spin up again to read. Is there any way to stop this? I've checked my XP power management settings and harddrives are set to never turn off. More annoying is that if the computer is left alone for some time, the drive will spin itself up periodically and then power down again.
     
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    Windows Power Management Options sometimes don't have any effect on external drives if the power-saving is "hard coded" into the drive's firmware. The drive manufacturer should have a software utility to disable the drive's power-saving mode (well at least that's true of Seagate external drive's anyway because that's how I prevent it happening). However, the Seagate utility works only for Seagate drives.

    Samsung have a utility called Drive Manager for external drives so it might be what you need since my Seagate utility is also called Drive Manager (though they aren't the same of course): http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/downloads/support_ex_drive.html

    If that doesn't do it, look here: http://www.ghacks.net/2009/05/18/prevent-power-saving-mode-of-external-hard-drives/
     
  3. Placid Liver

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    thanks for the links, will try those out.
     
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