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: ForumPower Options : Turn Hard Disks off after xx min? ForumTurning off hard drives? (not through windows options ) ForumTurn Off Hard Disk(s ) ForumTwo hard disks in a laptop ForumTurning off Hard Drive (Selectively) in Win 7, Help Please ForumErased Partition on external hard drive by mistake ! Help! ForumTurning hard disk off in windows XP power scheme ForumTurn Off Hard Disk SSD Questions! ForumHow to turn off SPECIFIC hard disk ForumTurning off a hard drive ForumTurning off Windows Power Management XP Pro S2 ForumConsequences of turning off HDD when computer is still powered on? Forumhard disk turn off option ForumPower Management Options Non-functioning ForumTurning off and on ForumToms hardware makes a mistake ? Forum1 HDD vs. 2 HDD RAID-0 ForumPeeking into old hard Drives ForumHard drive question PLS help! ForumRaid 0 and specific hard drives/hard drive numbers More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !