Windows xp usb external disk goes inactive

I have an external USB drive connected to my laptop docking port. When the laptop boots up the drive comes up fine.

But if I don't access the drive for about 5 minutes it goes inactive (light turns off and drive spins down).

How can I stop this? I want the drive to stay active as long as my laptop is up.
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  1. Let me add that once it goes inactive I can't get it back unless I plug the drive into different USB port or reboot. Plugging it into the same USB port results in nothing happening.
  2. does the laptop have a usb port on it does it do the same thing if you plug it in directly
    What type of laptop what type of external drive what type of docking port
  3. notchris said:
    does the laptop have a usb port on it does it do the same thing if you plug it in directly
    What type of laptop what type of external drive what type of docking port



    I haven't tried a USB port directly on the laptop.
    I can try that but that wouldn't work out for a long term solution for me.

    The laptop is an older dell D600 with a Dell docking port meant for this laptop.

    I am running windows XP with all updates.

    The drive is a 500GB 2.5" drive in an external USB case (I bought the drive and case separately).

    The case is a Transcend StoreJet 25 SATA.
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