While my PC is switched OFF, HDD are still active. - Page 2 - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-11-2016, 05:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
Private Joker
carnageX's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 24,569
Default Re: While my PC is switched OFF, HDD are still active.

Just because the power light is on, doesn't mean it's spinning / active. Most drives nowadays (including externals) go into a low power/sleep mode even when your computer is on after they've been idle for a period of time to save power/wear.

If you want to disable that, check your BIOS settings. Or just unplug them when not in use.

Laptop: MSI GT70 2OC-059us | i7-4700MQ | 16GB | GTX 770m | 500GB SSD / 750GB HDD | 17.3" | Win10 Pro
Desktop: 4690k | 12GB g.Skill RipJaws | GTX 970 | 520hx | Z87X-UD4H | Corsair Vengeance C70 | Corsair H110 | Acer 25" | Acer 22" | Win10
Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 5

If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the under my post
carnageX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2016, 06:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
Build Guru
PP Mguire's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 29,067
Default Re: While my PC is switched OFF, HDD are still active.

Like was said before, just because they have an on light doesn't mean they are actively spinning. That being said, the drives in my server stay powered and spinning 24/7 and have been for years without issue. One of them going on 7 years now.

This PC you have now is a new PC and it is the norm to have USB ports that are active while the computer is off to charge things like phones, tablets, and wireless controllers/headsets. These are usually USB 3/3.1 ports. It's why I asked previously which ports these drives are plugged into because typically USB2 ports are still shut off while the PC is off. If you're really that worried about it then just either unplug your drives or use a USB hub and extension to unplug while not in use. (Extension so there's no wear on the HDD plugs or ports on PC motherboard)

"Resolution is just a number." #Ubisoft
Origin/Steam = PP_Mguire Twitch = pp_mguire Instagram = ppmguire PSN = PP_Mguire

Access to my Plex PM me.
PP Mguire is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Keeping system sound active while connected to a TV set chermesh Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 11 09-30-2008 05:25 PM
Check if you Firefox speed tweaks are still active Osiris Tips, Tricks & Tutorials 0 08-16-2007 08:32 AM
Onboard Still Active? KnowNothing Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 3 09-26-2005 11:40 PM
Computer is VERY active while idle... goku2100 Microsoft Windows and Software 6 05-03-2005 04:56 PM

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:00 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.