The situation is this: I have two physical drives, the c drive (a sdd), and a second physical drive (standard hard disk) for backup and whatnot. Is there a setting to make the second hard drive turn off when not in use, but leave the other drive running? I have my pc running 24/7 but don't need the second drive spinning all the time.
How to make one drive turn off, but not the c drive?(8 posts)
Run the computer with the Side Panel Removed.
Assign DVD Player Letter K.
When the machine is TURNED OFF, then just disconnect the power and data cables from the mechanical hard drive when you know you will not need it for a while.
Do NOT try "Hot Plugging" Consumer Grade mechanical hard drive when the machine power is turned on !!!!
The reason for my FIRST recommendation above is that you are running an SSD.
All information I have read recommends to DISABLE System Sleep Modes Including Hibernation and to zero out the Hibernate File when running SSDs.
Also has been reported for years that machines with devices which allows Windows program to sleep them have issues and problems along the way.
Thus I prefer to just Physically Disconnect a couple of old Backup Spinners until I need them.
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