I recently moved to a clean installation of Windows 10 from Windows 7. And I need to turn off a SATA HDD, so that I will have silence coming out from using SDDs and passive-inaudible within my PC
On Windows 7 I used to use freeware HDDScan 3.3. But then I discovered another freeware software called revoSleep 0.2.4 beta. And it was much better
But now on Windows 10 HDDScan 3.3 do not even opens. Upgrading to HDDScan 4.0 change only this that now I get a massage saying "
Access violation at address 00407789 in module HDDScan.exe'. Read of address FFFFFFE2". Although to be fare, I have not yet researched that error [but I am not a programmer and most likely this will be a futile for me]
As for revoSleep, it now works half way. The old version allows me only to turn the drive off but not dismount it anymore, while a new one 0.3.0 allows me to do both, but some time totally ignores my commands totally or discards them after few minutes of silence. And that latter one is also truth for the older version. And those issues I have researched, and there are already reported by other users on the forum of revoSleep, together with a [not working for me] suggestion of solution of using the newest 32 bit version instead of x64
I also tried using back then on Windows 7 via Command Prompt the
mountvol from a BAT file, but could not get it to work according to my needs [although I do not remember on what account]. I might take another shoot at it but only as a last resort measure
I have two other solutions, both of which are unacceptable for me. The first is the The option in Windows available at
Settings > System > Power & Sleep > Additional power settings > Change plan settings > Change advanced plan settings > Hard disk > Turn off hard disk after which allows to set a fixed amount of time for it- but not for each of the drives but for all of them all together. And that totally disrupts my elaborated modus operandi of backup software working in the background. [Two versions of Windows later and Microsoft still did not think about giving more control to the user over that- bravo...]
The second one is to leave the area of software and just
physically disconnect the drive via a cable. But in order to utilize that workaround I would have to have that disk on a desk and that would bring even more noise during the time that it would be connected. And when laying on a bed I would have to literally take that disk to it with me- and then my wireless mouse might get jealous and bite it or the disk for doing so without her consent
So does anyone know of other software / methods for turning off and on of hard disk drives at a moments demand of the user?