Turning Off Hard Disks in Power Options - A Mistake? Tags: Hard Drives Power Storage Last response: May 9, 2008 5:05 AM in Storage Share nrlanni May 8, 2008 6:26:15 AM Does anyone have an issue with turning off their hard disks in the Display Properties / Screen Saver/ Power Properties dialog? For years I've set this option to turn off my hard disks after about 30 minutes of idle time. My reason is partly power saving but primarily to reduce long term ware on the drives. What I'm wondering if anyone has had any unexplained malfunctions that may be attributed to this feature. More about : turning hard disks power options mistake chookman May 8, 2008 10:48:01 PM To be honest depending on how often you turn them off and back on again, youll actually put more wear on the drives with it on. See hard drives consume the most power in startup phase. This along with the constant stoping and starting will stress mechanical parts more than if they were to spin the whole time. nrlanni May 9, 2008 5:05:11 AM Yeah, that good info about the wear on the drive. But, I suppose part of my question also has to do with the OS requesting data that may be unavailable for a few millisecond until the drive spins up to speed and is able to seek and transfer data. I'm wondering if some apps deal with this better than others, and the ones that don't may cause some instability in the OS. I suppose if this had been an issue, it would be more prevalent in laptops, so that answers my my question. Thanks. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedPower Options: Turn Hard Disks off after xx min? Forum I can't set my "turn hard disks off" option to "never" Forum Turning hard disk off in windows XP power scheme Forum Turning off hard drives? (not through windows options) Forum hard disk turn off option Forum Solvedhow turn off hard disk spindle motor by windows command? Forum Solved"Turn off hard disk" settings for SSD + HDD combo Forum Power options turn off display and computer sleep acting wierd. Forum Turn Off Hard Disk(s) Forum Turn hard disks off? Forum Help please, hard disk turning off! Forum SolvedPC turns on after move, but no power to gpu.. possibly my mistake Forum SolvedTurning off using the power button Forum SolvedHow to keep USB power on after turning it off? Forum turn on power icon when on/off option is disabled Forum SolvedManually turning off hard drive and running off RAM possible? Forum SolvedPower consumption by incomplete turning off the PC system Forum SolvedCan I put my old (bootable) hard disks in the new computer to get files off? Forum The power switch option to do nothing does nothing! My grandson can still turn it off. Is there a hardware related solution Forum my computers power keeps kicking off and my hard drive makes a beeping noise it also turns off and on then off and on aguan pl Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !