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How To Turn Off Your Hard Drive to Save Energy

Today's newer hard drives, including those in notebook computers, are spinning faster and faster to access data quicker. You have heard of hard drives now rotating at 7,200 revolutions per minute or more. Soon hard drive companies will make them rotate even faster. The only downside is that these drives use a considerable amount of energy especially in notebooks running on batteries. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to turn off your hard disk drive after a specific period of time to conserve energy.

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For Windows XP

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  4. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
  5. Now, Double click on the Power Options icon to open the Power Options Properties Window.
  6. Notebook computers have two adjustment settings entitled Plugged In and Running on Batteries.
  7. Under the Plugged In section set the Turn off hard disks: options to After 30 minutes for Desktops.
  8. This setting will turn off your hard disk after 30 minutes of idleness, which is fine.
  9. For Notebook computers, select After 3 Minutes under the Running on Batteries section.
  10. This setting will turn off your notebook hard disk after 3 minutes of idleness, which is fine.
  11. Then click on the OK button to save your settings exit the Power Options Properties Window.
  12. And then close the Control Panel to return back to your Window session.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on Settings and then click on the Control Panel icon.
  3. For Windows 98, double click the Power Management icon to open the Power Management Window.
  4. For Windows ME, double click the Power Options icon to open the Power Options Properties Window.
  5. Notebook computers have two adjustment settings entitled Plugged In and Running on Batteries.
  6. Under the Plugged In section set the Turn off hard disks: options to After 30 minutes for Desktops.
  7. This setting will turn off your hard disk after 30 minutes of idleness, which is fine.
  8. For Notebook computers, select After 3 Minutes under the Running on Batteries section.
  9. This setting will turn off your notebook hard disk after 3 minutes of idleness, which is fine.
  10. Then click on the OK button to save your settings exit the Power Options Properties Window.
  11. And then close the Control Panel to return back to your Window session.

Final Note: Let's say you are typing away and working on a lengthy Microsoft Word document and your hard drive turns off under these power settings, this will not affect your work in any way and as soon as you save your Word Document, your hard drive will power right up and accept your changes.

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