Windows 10: Can I easily make my external hard drive always spin?

Discus and support Can I easily make my external hard drive always spin? in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; I have a cheap Toshiba external hard drive I use for server backups. It spins down after like 5 minutes of activity, and it's sort of annoying because... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/NOT-JEFFREY-NELSON, Oct 29, 2019.

  1. Can I easily make my external hard drive always spin?


    I have a cheap Toshiba external hard drive I use for server backups. It spins down after like 5 minutes of activity, and it's sort of annoying because it takes a good 3 seconds for it to spin back up when I try to read or write data to it. This is not a defect, the product is intended to work this way.

    Is there a way I can make Windows always keep the drive spinning, or is it being controlled by the drive controller? I've turned off 'allow this device to be shut off to save power' in device manager for all the 'USB Mass Storage Device' things in there, and I can't find any settings about it in the actual driver for the disk. I'm wondering if there would be an easy way to make it always spin.

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    /u/NOT-JEFFREY-NELSON, Oct 29, 2019
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  2. Remon Ont Win User

    External Hard Drive

    Hi John,

    We suggest that you try the troubleshooting steps below:

    • Open your External Hard Drive file in File Explorer.
    • Type the name of the file you want to search on the search box and click Enter.
    The file will show up in Search Results and you will be able to move it to the correct folder.

    Let us know if you need further help.
     
    Remon Ont, Oct 29, 2019
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  3. twynog Win User
    External hard drive not recognised

    Thanks for this. I've done what you suggested and been through all the steps mentioned in the article. The hard drive works fine on a Mac computer, and I've managed to copy the information on it. It must be a Surface issue so I'll try to get a chat line tomorrow.
     
    twynog, Oct 29, 2019
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  4. Can I easily make my external hard drive always spin?

    External Hard Drive

    To address your concern, here are the troubleshooting steps that you can try. Follow the steps below:

    Uninstall and reinstall the external hard drive program.

    • In the Settings app, go to System.
    • Go to Apps & features and locate the external hard drive program.
    • Uninstall the program and go to the manufacturer's website to reinstall the updated version.
    Uninstall and reinstall the Paragon driver software.

    • Following the same steps mentioned above, locate the software in Apps & features
      and uninstall it.
    • After uninstalling the software, go to the manufacturer's website to reinstall it.
    To further isolate your concern, we'd also like to verify if the OneDrive app is enabled on your PC.

    You can hit us back for additional help.

    Kind regards.
     
    Jennifer Cha, Oct 29, 2019
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