Re: external drive goes to sleep


-----Original Message-----
From: Gene
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2021 2:29 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] external drive goes to sleep

Its better not to have it connected when you aren't using it. If you become
infected with malware that infects the external drive when browsing or doing
something else, if the drive is disconnected, you won't infect the drive if
you know you are infected and don't connect it.

However, there is a utility to keep a drive running when it isn't being
used. I don't know if that shortens the life of a USB external drive to
have it be constantly running.

Here is a link to a page that discusses a utility named No Sleep. I believe
it doesn't install unwanted programs. You don't install it, you run it.
Even so, you may want to look at reviews and comments to try to be sure it
doesn't. With free software, installing unwanted programs is a problem with
much of it.

-----Original Message-----
From: Troy Burnham
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2021 2:05 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] external drive goes to sleep

Hi all,

I keep my external drive plugged into my laptop and keep it turned on at
all times in case I need it, but apparently it goes to sleep after a
short time of not using it because even if I'm just trying to open a
folder on the laptop itself it's delayed in opening until the external
drive spins up. Is there any way aside from just turning the drive on
when I want to use it to keep it from going to sleep and thus taking so
much longer for my folders to open?

I have the external drive plugged into a hub that has on/off switches
for each port, and I turned the port off this morning and my folders are
opening much faster so I know it's the external drive that's causing the
slow down.


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