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Subject: Re: H340 HDD spinning constantly in USB mode? (and general disk spintime question)

Re: H340 HDD spinning constantly in USB mode? (and general disk spintime question)

From: Andreas Stemmer <groovingandi_at_gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 23:58:28 +0100

Christopher Woods wrote:
> Does anybody know the answer to my second question, why the drive is
> constantly spinning in USB mode? I plugged my H340 into a standalone USB
> charger (the one for my smartphone, in fact) which is just a little wall
> wart and a regular Mini USB plug on the other end of the cable. The H340
> charged up fine, but it went into USB mode as soon as the cable was attached
> (as you'd expect) but the hard drive STILL span for hours and hours and
> hours until I unplugged it.

I'm not sure, but I think I read somewhere that the spindown behaviour
of the drive is stored in the drive firmware itself and that you can set
it (permanently) somewhere in the windows drive settings (power
management perhaps).

> I'm paranoid about drive wear on these little HDDs.

AFAIK the drive suffers more from every spin up/down cycle than from
running constantly for longer periods.

Andreas
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