I would like to know if there's a way to force my external hard drives even if I haven't ejected them. I know this happened in my previous XP system. If I wanted to use them, I had to wait for them to spin up. Now, in Windows 7 they never spin down and while it is convenient that they're always ready to use, one of them (a WD Elements) is running hot (49 degrees Celsius, according to Hardware Monitor - I live in a very hot place) and they keep using power I don't want them to use.
I looked up the problem online and all I could find was people complaining that they don't spin down AFTER they've ejected them. This is not what I want. I want them to go to sleep mode or something while they're still shown (like it was in Windows XP). I love my new PC, but this is a bit annoying and makes me spend electricity I shouldn't spend.
I have been to those setting and I have set the hard drives to spin down after 20 minutes. But this is related to whether I am using the pc or not. It is not related to whether this particular drive is being used (same timer with the screensaver - or so I guess). I haven't used that drive today and yet it is still spinning.