Helpful Replyturn off HD

Author
timidi
Max Output Level: -21 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 5449
  • Joined: 2006/04/11 12:55:15
  • Location: SE Florida
  • Status: offline
2016/09/06 19:52:43 (permalink)

turn off HD

Is there a way to turn off a singular hard drive in Win7 home?
In device manager- disable?
 
I just got a couple of SSDs which are quiet yet I would like to keep an old platter drive as a backup installed.
I've just learned that platters are always spinning. So, there is noise. Can I turn it off somehow?
 
FWIW, So far, the main advantage I've seen with the SSDs is more the quietness than the speed. The speed is nice but not something that blew me away (so far :).
Thanks

ASUS P8P67, i7-2600K, CORSAIR 16GB, HIS 5450, 3 Samsung SSD 850, Win7 64, RME AIO.
 
https://timbowman.bandcamp.com/releases
 
#1
ampfixer
Max Output Level: -20 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 5508
  • Joined: 2010/12/12 20:11:50
  • Location: Ontario
  • Status: offline
Re: turn off HD 2016/09/06 20:32:28 (permalink)
If your system and Sonar are both on SSD's you should notice a big speed increase. They need to be connected to high speed sata ports for best performance. I'm not a computer guy.
 
As to stopping the spinner, I've got nothing. My system is much like yours. 2 SSD's and a spinner for storage. I don't know of any way to power it down. Even if you disable it in the bios it would still power up, but would be invisible to the system. I have a drive bay installed so I should remove mine and just plug it in when needed. A drive bay could work for you.

Regards, John 
 I want to make it clear that I am an Eedjit. I have no direct, or indirect, knowledge of business, the music industry, forum threads or the meaning of life. I know about amps.
WIN 10 Pro X64, I7-3770k 16 gigs, ASUS Z77 pro, AMD 7950 3 gig,  Steinberg UR44, A-Pro 500, Sonar Platinum, KRK Rokit 6 
#2
TheSteven
Max Output Level: -55 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 2037
  • Joined: 2005/03/05 01:17:06
  • Location: Southern California
  • Status: offline
Re: turn off HD 2016/09/06 22:00:14 (permalink)
On my old desktop I had a pair of mobile racks so I could rotate backup drives.
Always had option of not having any drives in the racks.
Here's an example of one:
StarTech DRW115CADSBK Spare Hard Drive Tray for the DRW115SATBK Mobile Rack
 
edit* - metal racks are better than plastic which can contribute to drives overheating under heavy use.
 Years ago worked for a company where we'd use mobile racks to run 8 - 12+ hour backup sessions 3x a week and rotated the backup drives.   
post edited by TheSteven - 2016/09/06 22:31:53

"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils" Loius-Hector Berlioz

www.AgitatedState.com MenuMagic - plug-in management powertools!
My Tunes
#3
TheSteven
Max Output Level: -55 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 2037
  • Joined: 2005/03/05 01:17:06
  • Location: Southern California
  • Status: offline
Re: turn off HD 2016/09/06 22:00:53 (permalink)

"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils" Loius-Hector Berlioz

www.AgitatedState.com MenuMagic - plug-in management powertools!
My Tunes
#4
TheSteven
Max Output Level: -55 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 2037
  • Joined: 2005/03/05 01:17:06
  • Location: Southern California
  • Status: offline
Re: turn off HD 2016/09/07 00:50:50 (permalink)
Here's actually a better example of a mobile rack drive:
StarTech.com Black Aluminum 5.25in Rugged SATA Hard Drive Mobile Rack Drawer (DRW150SATBK)
 
or a trayless version
StarTech.com 5.25in Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack for 3.5in Hard Drive
 
 
 
post edited by TheSteven - 2016/09/07 01:12:39

"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils" Loius-Hector Berlioz

www.AgitatedState.com MenuMagic - plug-in management powertools!
My Tunes
#5
DrLumen
Max Output Level: -78 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 621
  • Joined: 2005/07/05 20:11:34
  • Location: North Texas
  • Status: offline
Re: turn off HD 2016/09/07 12:27:47 (permalink)
In your example, I would power the system down and pull the power plug on the HDD(s). The issue you may run into though is windows may remap the drives to different letters when reconnected. Depending on your drive setup, it could take some minutes to correct the drive letters.
 
---Edit
To add the power down reminder.
post edited by DrLumen - 2016/09/07 12:49:18

-When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

Sonar Platinum / Intel i7-4790K / AsRock Z97 / 32GB RAM / Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB / Behringer FCA610 / M-Audio Sport 2x4 / Win7 x64 Pro / WDC Black HDD's / EVO 850 SSD's / Alesis Q88 / Boss DS-330 / Korg nanoKontrol / Novation Launch Control / 14.5" Lava Lamp
#6
timidi
Max Output Level: -21 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 5449
  • Joined: 2006/04/11 12:55:15
  • Location: SE Florida
  • Status: offline
Re: turn off HD 2016/09/07 13:25:29 (permalink)
thanks guys,
 
I tried what the article steven posted said.
In the power options settings in windows, the settings affect drives individually. So, It worked. Waiting for the 2nd drive and sata cables from Newegg to make it permanent. Will have to see if G: drive will stay asleep once the coma is induced. Pretty nifty though.
 
DrL, any particular reason why? Thanks

ASUS P8P67, i7-2600K, CORSAIR 16GB, HIS 5450, 3 Samsung SSD 850, Win7 64, RME AIO.
 
https://timbowman.bandcamp.com/releases
 
#7
DrLumen
Max Output Level: -78 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 621
  • Joined: 2005/07/05 20:11:34
  • Location: North Texas
  • Status: offline
Re: turn off HD 2016/09/07 17:28:29 (permalink)
No. I was thinking the power options affected all drives. I guess I was thinking that as that is the only way I have used it - to keep everything spinning. If you can turn off individual drives, that is great.

-When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

Sonar Platinum / Intel i7-4790K / AsRock Z97 / 32GB RAM / Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB / Behringer FCA610 / M-Audio Sport 2x4 / Win7 x64 Pro / WDC Black HDD's / EVO 850 SSD's / Alesis Q88 / Boss DS-330 / Korg nanoKontrol / Novation Launch Control / 14.5" Lava Lamp
#8
timidi
Max Output Level: -21 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 5449
  • Joined: 2006/04/11 12:55:15
  • Location: SE Florida
  • Status: offline
Re: turn off HD 2016/09/07 20:10:49 (permalink)
Thanks Dr.L. 
To be clear, "I" can't turn off individual drives. I guess it's the way the system works where each drive is handled individually if say you set it to turn off after 5 minutes, if you're not accessing it, it will turn off while others remain active.
Anyway, After reading the other thread here about Win10 HDD, I might want to reconsider my strategy.

ASUS P8P67, i7-2600K, CORSAIR 16GB, HIS 5450, 3 Samsung SSD 850, Win7 64, RME AIO.
 
https://timbowman.bandcamp.com/releases
 
#9
BassDaddy
Max Output Level: -33 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 4232
  • Joined: 2012/12/31 13:55:58
  • Location: I'm an American. From America!
  • Status: offline
Re: turn off HD 2016/09/10 18:11:08 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby tlw 2016/09/12 12:56:29
The way I handled this is with a $35 HD Docking Station. It is better to have these outside the case now that I have almost all SSD's. In the docking station I can turn them on and off when I want. No drive reasigning. Very easy to use the 4 hard drives that were replaced by the SSD's. Not running making noise unless when I want it. Also not inside heating up the case and having the fans run higher. Mine is a USB3 and backup goes very fast. A few drives are older SATA II so a bit slower so they are used for long term storage more. Lots of advantages for using the docking station including repurposing older drive. Mine is a part of my system I would not want to be without.

It's Bass, not Bass.
i7 2700K, 16GB DDR3, 2 SSD sample drives and OS drive, HDD SATAIII for projects, 2 24" monitors
Focusrite Saffire Pro 24, Focusrite VRM Box, LAVA Lamp, SONAR Platinum 64 bit, Mackie MCU and 1 MCU XT, Akai Advance 49, Windows 10,
Komplete 9 Ultimate, Cakewalk, Toontrack, IK, AAS, XLN, UVI, Air Music Tech, Waves Factory, Sample Tek and Sonivox VSTi's. Overloud, T-Racks, Audio Damage, D16, Nomad Factory, Waves Gold FX 
#10
timidi
Max Output Level: -21 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 5449
  • Joined: 2006/04/11 12:55:15
  • Location: SE Florida
  • Status: offline
Re: turn off HD 2016/09/10 19:02:32 (permalink)
Thanks Randy. Yea, I have some USB docked drives that I use for off site backups. Well, their in the cupboard in another room:) That may well be the way to go. It's just sloooow..
 
Speaking of slow, I'm transferring (copy/paste) around 300 gigs between these Samsung SSDs and they are copying at only 50 mb/s.. That seems kind of slow to me.  Anyone reading this know?? I thought these things were supposed to do  6 gb/sec.
 
edit:
woops, the transfer is (was) between a regular HDD and an SSD. ran around 57mb/s.
post edited by timidi - 2016/09/11 00:12:04

ASUS P8P67, i7-2600K, CORSAIR 16GB, HIS 5450, 3 Samsung SSD 850, Win7 64, RME AIO.
 
https://timbowman.bandcamp.com/releases
 
#11
soens
Max Output Level: -23.5 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 5154
  • Joined: 2005/09/16 03:19:55
  • Location: Location: Location
  • Status: offline
Re: turn off HD 2016/09/11 04:37:16 (permalink)
I have removable drive bays on the desktop.
 
My laptop has SSDs. PCIe is a lot faster than SATAIII. My SSDs are SATAIII though my system supports both.
 
Apparently M.2 laptop SSDs don't come with a mounting screw so you'll need to add that when buying one. They are M2 x 3mm.
post edited by soens - 2016/09/11 05:04:47
#12
bjornpdx
Max Output Level: -75 dBFS
  • Total Posts : 759
  • Joined: 2010/12/10 11:41:29
  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Status: offline
Re: turn off HD 2016/09/12 13:21:42 (permalink)
Not sure if this helps since you're asking about internal HDs, but I'll throw it out there anyway.
I have three external USB hard drives and each one is plugged into a 6 outlet power strip with
individual switches.  When I need one of the HDs I just flip the switch for that one drive.

For example:

https://www.amazon.com/OU...-Generic/dp/B002YKPWH0

Bjorn
soundcloud.com/orygun
www.bjornfredrickson.com
https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/BjornFredrickson
 
Purrfect Audio Pro Studio, RME UCX
Cakewalk by Bandlab,  Studio One,  Reaper
#13
Jump to:
© 2022 APG vNext Commercial Version 5.1