My WD external drive spins down after some inactivity. Can I disable this feature?
Do Western Digital external hard drives spin down after a certain amount of inactivity time? How can I disable this feature?
The external hard drives listed below will spin down (enter into power saver mode) after 10 minutes of drive inactivity. Once the drive is accessed again, the drive will exit from the power saver mode and spin back up.
Please Note: This is a permanent feature of the external hard drives and cannot be disabled.
That came directly off of WD's Faq section there. Apparently that is how they were designed. I run the MyBook Essential 500gb model here with the same thing seen.