Drive Monitor stopping HDD's from spinning down?
I'm running Windows 7 64-bit and I was running with a 640GB drive that contained windows itself and a spare 1TD drive as a data backup.
I was running this system fine, and I had a drive spin-down time of 20 mins. I knew this was working as when I went to access my data drive after a while, it would take a couple of seconds for it to access the drive, as the drive had stopped spinning.
Yesterday I purchased and installed two 2TB drives for a larger data store and I also installed Acronis Drive Monitor after fitting the drives.
The software worked fine, and gave me all the SMART drive info as you would expect. However I had the suspicion the new drives were not spinning down. It was late, so I went to bed.
This morning I did more testing, and, still the drives just never seemed to stop.
I was testing by placing my hand on the drive as you can feel a faint vibration when they are spinning.
It then struck me. Well, if Acronis is "live monitoring" the HDD's for faults, perhaps it keeping polling the drives to gather it's info and it's stopping them from spinning down.
I removed the Drive Monitor software, and sure enough, after a little while my hard drives appear to have spun down as I want them to.
Ideally I'd just be able to run this software manually to check every now and again, or perhaps just be able to set it to only check the drives one or twice a day for faults, not have it happening live all the time, hence (it seems) keeping my backup HDD's spinning constantly.
Is there any way around this issue?
And can anyone confirm my findings that the Drive Monitor software does indeed stop your HDD's from spinning down under Windows?