Any way to know for sure if hard drive is on or off?

Discussion in 'hardware' started by allizomeniz, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. allizomeniz

    allizomeniz Registered Member

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    Windows XP.

    I've got Windows power management set to turn off hard disk if idle for 15 minutes but the room where I have this computer is noisy and I can't hear it most of the time. When I feel the HD area on the case it feels like it might be spinning but I've got two HDs and I'm not sure if it's the other one. I thought it might handy to have some software that would show the status of individual HDs. Anybody know of such a thing? Thanks.
     
  2. trott3r

    trott3r Registered Member

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    There was some software that prevented external hard drives from spinning down.

    That had a status field which showed whether it was working or not.

    Cant rememeber the name maybe nosleephd ?
     
  3. allizomeniz

    allizomeniz Registered Member

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    Hey trott, thanks for the suggestion. Tried NoSleepHD but it doesn't show if the drive itself is on or off, just the nosleep mode.
     
  4. trott3r

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    DKHarddrive light has a led icon in a window which shows activity.
    Also there is an activity log that shows files changing.

    Doesnt show its off but does show activity.
     
  5. mirimir

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    Maybe one of the Windows SMART status apps reports whether the disk is online or not.
     
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