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Old 09-05-2007, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to leave some file to download overnight (connection is *SLOOOW*) There are settings in Power Options like "turn hard disks off after XX minutes". I want to know if that would interfere with the download. Thanks.
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there is a setting for shutting down the hd with no activity. I have mine set at never. If you are downloading you should not have an inactive drive. If it is a large file I would reccomend using a download manager in case you loose the connecion you can restart the dl from where you left off.
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I am using a dl manager but i want the file ASAP, you know what I mean? I just want to know if downloading counts as "inactivity" and shuts it down even though files are being written on it.
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You will need to have disc activity. How do you expect the download to write to the drive if you have no activity? Even a download counts as activity...
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ok, so if it is downloading, it will not go into the "sleep" mode right? I thought activity meant input from the user.
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It will go into sleep mode. But it will have disc activity. Technically a download is input from the user. The PC doesnt know you are away. It only knows that a file is being transfered and it needs to be written to disc.

I do it everyday. I leave my PC on. I let it go into sleep mode. But only my monitors turn off. I have disc activity cause i am doing 2 thigns. 1. downloading with uTorrent. 2. creating a DVD with Nero Vision. SO i need disc activity just like you do.
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ok thanks. I left it on and it worked. So i guess that it turns off the HDs and stuff 20 min after no CPU activity, not 20min after you stopped moving your mouse.
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