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Adding 2nd HDD


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#1 johndepere

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 04:52 PM

Hello all,
I have installed a second (ide) hard drive on my computer and all is well except that the newly install drive is always powered up and running. Is this normal? I was thinking that it would start up only when I wanted to access it. I have tried different jumper combinations between it and the cd drive but it is still always on. It is on a two connector ide ribbon with the cd drive in the master position and the new 2nd drive in the slave position, also the main hdd is sata. There are multiple power connectors which I have tried on the drive but I still get the same results. The computer is a H.P Pavilion a120n. Any help would be great. Thank you. John

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 04:59 PM

Internal hard drives are always powered on. This is normal.

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 05:16 PM

Thank You Allen!!! I was hoping that to save on power consumption the 2nd hdd would be idle when not being used. Thanks again for your quick reply. John

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 05:21 PM

What you can do is set the hd(s) to power down after a defined period of inactivity in Control Panel - Power Options.

But I assure you, the power consumption is minimal.

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 05:38 PM

Thanks Allan, I will give that a try and also sorry for misspelling your name on my last post...

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 05:49 PM

You're welcome. And you're not the first and won't be the last, but thanks for noticing :)




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