My Computer hangs / delays because of waiting for external drives

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Destin_FL, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. Destin_FL

    Destin_FL Guest

    Hello,
    Vista Ultimate... two Lacie external drives, a 500GB USB and a 250GB
    Firewire.

    When I go to My Computer (just Computer now in Vista of course) the act of
    opening that process in Explorer hesitates / hangs / delays while Vista is
    waiting to sort of spin up these external drives, you know it feels as
    though Vista has told them to suspend or something when not in use.

    I have tried everything I know, and Googled to death trying to figure how
    make Vista stop letting these drives go to sleep or hibernate or whatever
    the correct word is in Vista now.

    So I guess my primary question is how to stop these external drives from
    suspending/sleeping. This never happened in XP, these drives were always
    ready and running at any time.

    Thanks!

    Tim
     
    Destin_FL, Nov 30, 2007
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  2. Destin_FL

    Wandering Guest

    Many external drives behave this way, It is not likely to be a Vista issue,
    because the default for Vista is to keep the drives powered continuously.
    Check the manufacturers site. You may or may not be able to do anything
    about this.
     
    Wandering, Nov 30, 2007
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  3. Destin_FL

    Destin_FL Guest

    I guess I'd be willing to accept that, except that I had the same two drives
    installed on XP Pro last week, and they were both always instantly
    accessible and never made the OS hang/hesitate in any way.

    Tim
     
    Destin_FL, Nov 30, 2007
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  4. Destin_FL

    Wandering Guest

    Then you might check the advanced power properties in Vista. There is an
    option to let Vista shut down the drives.
     
    Wandering, Nov 30, 2007
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  5. Destin_FL

    Destin_FL Guest

    Ahhhh, great call. After changing some settings in Advanced Power Settings,
    everything is working perfectly now. Thanks so much for the solution.

    Tim
     
    Destin_FL, Nov 30, 2007
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