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How do I prevent my external USB Disks from going into sleep Mode?
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How do I prevent my external USB Disks from going into sleep Mode?

How do I prevent my external USB Disks from going into sleep Mode?

(OP)
I have 3 Western Digital external USB Drives, that goes into sleep mode after a few minutes of inactivity. I set my PC "power and Sleep" to "Never" mode, but it did'nt solve my issue.
Any help is appreciated!
Michelle

WD6400AAV and (2) WD1230
Windows 10

RE: How do I prevent my external USB Disks from going into sleep Mode?

Try going into Device Manager and click on each disk under "Disk Drives" and choose the Power Management tab and uncheck the box "allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". There may not be a setting under the disk drives. Regardless, do it for all the USB devices (controllers) listed under "Universal Serial Bus Controllers" in Device Manager.

"Living tomorrow is everyone's sorrow.
Modern man's daydreams have turned into nightmares."

RE: How do I prevent my external USB Disks from going into sleep Mode?

(OP)
I was able to uncheck the boxes "allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" on most that were listed. I rebooted but my disks sill went into sleep mode after a few minutes of inactivity. Thanks for responding!

RE: How do I prevent my external USB Disks from going into sleep Mode?

If you would have gone to Western Digital FAQ about their external drives, you would have seen.


Most WD external hard drives will spin down (enter into power saver mode) after 10 minutes of drive inactivity. Once the drive is accessed again, the drive will exit from the power saver mode and spin back up.
Note:
This is a permanent feature of most of our external hard drives and cannot be disabled. WD externals that include WD SmartWare 1.6.X can use the software to change and/or disable this feature.

RE: How do I prevent my external USB Disks from going into sleep Mode?

Interesting. I would think the default would be to NOT spin down automatically.

"Living tomorrow is everyone's sorrow.
Modern man's daydreams have turned into nightmares."

RE: How do I prevent my external USB Disks from going into sleep Mode?

(OP)
Thank you both for responding!

RE: How do I prevent my external USB Disks from going into sleep Mode?

Somebody gave me a star for my post, but it really didn't apply to this case. So, rclarke250 deserves the star.

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Modern man's daydreams have turned into nightmares."

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