How do I stop my external HDDs spinning

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TonyGamble Veteran Member • Posts: 3,628
How do I stop my external HDDs spinning

Rubbish picture for a 'photographer'. Sorry about the focus!

Being a pedant for backups my solution has been to create an array of seven SATA external HDDs in a pair of caddies. I have a set of GoodSync routines that copy the contents of one drive to another. My 'work' drive is copied to two of the other drives every half hour or so. Less used drives are copied once or twice a day.

(and yes before anyone asks - I do have copies 'off site'.)

I get the impression all these seven drives are spinning all the time and yet, as I explained, some only need to be active once or twice a day. Maybe a spinning drive has a longer life span than one that sits doing nothing for 23.5 hrs at a time. I have a feeling the answer could be that sleep could be good for it.

I have looked at the 'power' settings on my Windows 10 but cannot see any way of controlling the drives individually.

Am I wasting my time wanting to stop them spinning 24 hours a day? If not is there a way of at least putting some of them to sleep until needed?

Tony

London UK

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