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Why does my external hard drive run spontaneously?


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#1 ComputerNeophyte

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:47 AM

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Say, I bought an external terabyte Toshiba hard drive about a week ago, and I am puzzled as to why it comes to life for no apparent reason.  I suppose this sounds dumb to you smart ppl in here, but I don't know much and it's my first external drive, ever.   I might be watching a video or reading a web page and suddenly the external drive comes to life without provocation. I'm just wondering what the heck that thing is doing, and if it isn't a sign that my paranoid self has some secret code in my system poking around my private bytes and sectors. I tried to Google this, but found nothing good.  Any feedback?

 

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:31 PM

What do you mean "comes to life"?

Does it spin up? Lights come on and off?



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:38 PM

What do you mean "comes to life"?

Does it spin up? Lights come on and off?

 

 

Yeah, she lights up and starts spinning.  I can't think of any good reason why it should happen if I'm not accessing it, or using an app that might need to look for something. Doesn't make sense.



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:41 PM

Well the computer polls the drive every so often to make sure its still connected and to make sure everything is still there, so the particular drive that you have may have some built in power save functionality that turns it off after so long a time of inactivity then when the computer polls it to make sure its there it thinks you are going to move something onto it.

 

That would be my best guess.

 

As long as it doesnt cut out in the middle of transfers I wouldnt worry about it.



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:57 PM

Well the computer polls the drive every so often to make sure its still connected and to make sure everything is still there, so the particular drive that you have may have some built in power save functionality that turns it off after so long a time of inactivity then when the computer polls it to make sure its there it thinks you are going to move something onto it.

 

That would be my best guess.

 

As long as it doesnt cut out in the middle of transfers I wouldnt worry about it.

 

That sounds plausible.  I'm too paranoid, I think, even though I don't have anything to hide.  I don't fully trust the technology,  it's too easy to take advantage unsophisticated users like myself.  I went back to covering my cam lens again.  There's just no way to know with absolute certainty what's going on inside that black box with a keyboard.

 

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:06 PM

if you are concerned with it you can try using a drive activity monitor gadget that shows uploaded and downloaded data in real time and when it comes on see if its anything more than just a tiny blip, that should tell you.



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:08 PM

if you are concerned with it you can try using a drive activity monitor gadget that shows uploaded and downloaded data in real time and when it comes on see if its anything more than just a tiny blip, that should tell you.

 

 

That sounds like something I would like.  I'll have to look into that. Thanks.






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