Manually spin-down a internal hard drive to have a quiet life

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Manually spin-down a internal hard drive to have a quiet life

Post by Chris_86 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:51 pm

Background: CS student, spend a lot of time at my desk, have semi-open case (Corsair 570x), and the HDD (WD Blue) is by far my noisiest component. It's already mounted via rubber washers / grommets / things.

Problem: my HDD is more of an accessory. It only has backups (.tib files) and old game footage on there, indexing is disabled, but nonetheless it spins up often and stays spinning most of the time. It's a first-world problem, but it's really annoying.

Solutions I've found so far:

1. Can disable HDD via Device Manager, but sometimes the HDD keeps spinning.
2. Can disable HDD from BIOS, but this requires reboot to turn on the drive. HDD stays silent. This has the bonus of security against ransomware though as the drive is then inivisble to the OS.

Any ideas? If there's an applet or powershell hack for this, I'd love to hear it.

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Re: Manually spin-down a internal hard drive to have a quiet life

Post by 0v3rz34l0u5 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:58 pm

Backups are so 1990s. I put all my files in a folder that’s synced with OneDrive. If I have to rebuild, it only takes about 3 hours to get back up and running. The system is also “fresh”.

How much of the drive are you using?
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Re: Manually spin-down a internal hard drive to have a quiet life

Post by Chris_86 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:18 pm

0v3rz34l0u5 wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:58 pm
Backups are so 1990s. I put all my files in a folder that’s synced with OneDrive. If I have to rebuild, it only takes about 3 hours to get back up and running. The system is also “fresh”.

How much of the drive are you using?
Backups are important. Not really answering my questions as I still need a HDD.

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Re: Manually spin-down a internal hard drive to have a quiet life

Post by DarkDeamon » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:04 pm

For a user system, not sure. There are a couple of bits of software but they're enterprise level stuff.
Have a look at the drive manufacturers site for any tools.

Also look up soundproof drive enclosure
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Re: Manually spin-down a internal hard drive to have a quiet life

Post by BillBailey » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:32 pm

God you lot are nerds.

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Re: Manually spin-down a internal hard drive to have a quiet life

Post by WarGanisM » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:50 pm

If it's a secondary drive, have you looked at the powersettings? Usually theres harddrive settings in there of how often and how they power up?

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Re: Manually spin-down a internal hard drive to have a quiet life

Post by Chris_86 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:49 pm

DarkDeamon wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:04 pm
For a user system, not sure. There are a couple of bits of software but they're enterprise level stuff.
Have a look at the drive manufacturers site for any tools.

Also look up soundproof drive enclosure
way ahead of you (for the first time ever, I think) and a while back I bought this:
http://www.scythe-eu.com/en/products/hd ... imuro.html
but sadly I couldn't fit it into my case without totally cramping it, or ruining the aesthetics of the case.

Unless ... unless I suspended it from the top... with long bolts... or something... *stares at case*

But a better solution would be a one-click mount/unmount thing in the system tray. I will look around, and update if I find anything.

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Re: Manually spin-down a internal hard drive to have a quiet life

Post by 0v3rz34l0u5 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:57 am

Does you PC Support hot swapping?

Just curious, what do you need to backup regularly? The system or files?
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Re: Manually spin-down a internal hard drive to have a quiet life

Post by Kentone » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:49 pm

On the energy settings theres one value to suspend the disk when is not in use, will still do noise when used but give it a try.
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Re: Manually spin-down a internal hard drive to have a quiet life

Post by 0v3rz34l0u5 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:33 pm

You might want to look at this if you fancy doing the same as I do: https://products.office.com/en-gb/university £60 of 1TB for 4 years is a steal.
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