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12-05-2010   #1 (permalink)
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So I got a little problem. I have 4 external HDDs hooked up to my laptop, since I used it pretty much as desktop. All drives are physically different. These are not partitions. One of the drives loves to spin up, which causes delay in response time for programs.

Basically it goes like this:
All drives are in standby - idle
I click a program -> HDD spin up -> pause waiting for spin up -> Program loads.

Anyone got any ideas how to stop this? It's only one drive that does this and I can't figure out what's causing it. It's quite annoying for everything having to wait for this particular drive to spin up.

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i did a little research on that and it most likelly to be
-Hardware failure
-Power management problems
-something related to HDD instalation (less probable, coz u seem to know a lot =D)

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No. Highly unlikely any of those.

All I know is for some reason the drive needs to be accessed for a program not using it.
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probably some programs/applications accessing the drivers, such as antivirus/antimalware what'ever craps.

Anyway, you could try use this program to find out what's the program actually read/write on your hdd.
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use HDTune to check your SMART as well.
See if there's anything critical.
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SMART is fine on all drives.

It's too bad that program doesn't show what drive the programs are accessing. I have a theory though. Do programs invoke CDs? The HDD has a Virtual CD built in since it has automatic back up etc requiring its program to be running. So I disabled the VCD, think that did the trick?
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Task Manager -> Performance Tab -> Resource Manager -> Disk Tab -> Expand Disk Activity

Is is noisy when it is being accessed?
Are all the external the same brands, it could be the controller acting up as well.
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I just hear a disk spinning up. So it's just like an electric motor starting up. I don't think it's the drive broken. Something is definitely accessing it. It's quite random actually. Basically sometimes I'll open Firefox and E drive starts to spin. 10mins later, due to inactivity it goes back into standby. I open my computer and all drives are still idle. Then I can open my documents and E drive spins up again.

I believe it's a Western Digital Caviar Black with a custom controller to make it idle.

I'll see what happens for the next while. Maybe the VCD was making it do that.
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Is it new?
It could be a feature to save power by spinning down when there's no access?
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Yea I know. All my externals do that. I find it annoying that it spins up when I'm not trying to access it. That's all. It seems to have stopped since I removed the VCD.
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