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How to keep external HardDrive off.


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#1 bigdog1100

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:56 AM

Hi. I just bought Western Digital MyBook Essential 2TB USB 3. WDBAC0020HBK. It has a power "click" button in the back. When hard drive is plugged in to the computer, that power button does not turn it off. How can I turn off this hard drive and keep it off unless I need it, even when I rebook my computer, without having to remove usb 3 or power cord. Also, what is the point of having that power button? Thank you.

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX; Processor: Intel i5 2500k; RAM 24GB: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); Video Card: MSI AMD Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 4G GDDR5; Power Supply: OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply; Multi-card reader: Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & eSATA Ports Model ICR-BB. Optical 1: LG GH22NS90; Optical 2:  ASUS BW-12B1ST; Fans: 3x80mm, CPU Cooling: XIGMATEK LOKI SD963. So there are total of 6 fans.
 


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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:22 AM

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That power button is confusing. It is supposed to be the same as when you right click the icon for the drive in the system tray (or the safely remove hardware icon) and choose to remove the drive. It is not a power on/off switch as it implies though if you successfully remove the drive (Windows often won't let a drive like that disconnect even if everything appears closed) it will power down the drive. That is the closest you can come to having it 'turned off' while having everything plugged in.

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Edited by NeverSayDie, 15 March 2012 - 10:24 AM.


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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:37 AM

Than you James. I just tried to safely remove it. It did, and then when I pressed power button it powered down. When I rebooted, it seems that it stays off. I hope it is off, and not spinning with lights off. I'll listen at night for that or touch it to see if it vibrates. They should have come up with the type of off switch as my power supply has. I am once a month backup type of person, as I don't have anything overly critical to backup on the on-going basis. Having said that, it is a pain to mess with the cords, etc.

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX; Processor: Intel i5 2500k; RAM 24GB: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); Video Card: MSI AMD Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 4G GDDR5; Power Supply: OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply; Multi-card reader: Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & eSATA Ports Model ICR-BB. Optical 1: LG GH22NS90; Optical 2:  ASUS BW-12B1ST; Fans: 3x80mm, CPU Cooling: XIGMATEK LOKI SD963. So there are total of 6 fans.
 


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Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:47 PM

Yeah, I knew exactly what you were talking about :) Consider yourself lucky. The one I saw before hardly ever let you disconnect it in the systray. It always thought it was in use (maybe it was the recycle bin folder on it or some other system thing). What's confusing is that the button has the universal symbol for a power button on it so you expect it to act just like a power switch.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:28 AM

After playing with the drive and software I must happily report that WD Software has it's own safely remove option. Once done, the drive goes to sleep. So it takes just a moment and fairly painless. The only bother is to remember to do it right away.

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX; Processor: Intel i5 2500k; RAM 24GB: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); Video Card: MSI AMD Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 4G GDDR5; Power Supply: OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply; Multi-card reader: Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & eSATA Ports Model ICR-BB. Optical 1: LG GH22NS90; Optical 2:  ASUS BW-12B1ST; Fans: 3x80mm, CPU Cooling: XIGMATEK LOKI SD963. So there are total of 6 fans.
 





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