How to Turn off Hard Disk After Idle in Windows 10 - Windows Basics


Sunday, September 20, 2020

How to Turn off Hard Disk After Idle in Windows 10

Hard drives are getting faster and more affordable every day, but unfortunately, their moving parts will always make them loud and mean their power draw isn’t insignificant. This can be a particular issue for those with laptops, leading many to wonder how to turn off a hard disk after it reaches an idle state.After many years of refinement, Microsoft has realized this is a feature that users need and has included it in Windows 10 built-in power management options. 

Those on the Balanced and Power Saver profiles may notice that it kicks in automatically, but it’s also possible to manually enable it for all plans.Doing so will turn your hard disk off after you haven’t used your PC in a certain time period. This naturally means it will use less power, but it may also cause delays when the hard disk suddenly realizes it needs to be used and spins up. Either way, it’s worth noting that this option doesn’t’ affect SSDs, so if you have your Windows install and important programs on one, you shouldn’t run into any issues.

Turn off your Hard Disk after Idle Time Via Control Panel

1. Press the Start button and type “Control Panel”, and Open Control Panel

2. Switch to small Control Panel icons

3. Open Power Options

4. Click Change plan settings

5.Choose Change advanced power settings to access the disable hard drive feature

6. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable

7. Edit the Turn off hard disk after setting for battery and AC power

Disable Your Hard Drive on Idle via Command Prompt
1. Press the “Start” button and type Command Prompt. Open Command Prompt
2.Run the disable hard drive after idle commands
In the Command Prompt window, type these commands individually, pressing Enter after each. Replace 0 with the number of minutes you want your hard disk to turn off after idle.

powercfg -change -disk-timeout-dc 0
powercfg -change-disk-timeout-ac-0.

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