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 Power Options : Turn Hard Disks off after xx min? Forum Turning off hard drives? (not through windows options ) Forum Turn Off Hard Disk(s ) Forum Two hard disks in a laptop Forum Turning off Hard Drive (Selectively) in Win 7, Help Please Forum Erased Partition on external hard drive by mistake ! Help! Forum Turning hard disk off in windows XP power scheme Forum Turn Off Hard Disk SSD Questions! Forum How to turn off SPECIFIC hard disk Forum Turning off a hard drive Forum Turning off Windows Power Management XP Pro S2 Forum Consequences of turning off HDD when computer is still powered on? Forum hard disk turn off option Forum Power Management Options Non-functioning Forum Turning off and on Forum Toms hardware makes a mistake ? Forum 1 HDD vs. 2 HDD RAID-0 Forum Peeking into old hard Drives Forum Hard drive question PLS help! Forum Raid 0 and specific hard drives/hard drive numbers Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !