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Published on 04.01.09 by Brent Trahan

Set Windows 7 to Turn Off the Hard Drive When Idle

Learn how to set Windows 7 to turn off the hard drive(s) after the computer is idle for a set amount of time.

Set Windows 7 to Turn Off HDD(s) when Idle

  1. Open the Control Panel in the Start menu.
  2. Open Power Options in the Control Panel.


    Note: If Power Options is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Click Change plan settings next to the power plan you want to edit.


  4. Click Change advanced power settings.


  5. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable to unlock the advanced power settings.


  6. Set Turn off hard disk after under Hard disk to the number of minutes of inactivity and then click OK to save the changes.


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  1. Ben says:

    This helps, but it doesn’t work as well as it should. It seems like even if you’ve left your computer for a while and the display is off there is always something looking for something on the hard drive – especially if you are connected to the internet.

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