power management for External Hard Drive

I use my computer to record Broadcast TV show everyday.  That man I have to leave it on all the time.  With Win 7's power management, it goes to sleep after a few minute of inactivities.  But my External Hard Drive stay on all the time.  Is there any way I could set to make my External Hard Drive goes to sleep at the same time as my computer does?(My External Hard Drive is home made, that mean I bought an enclosure and add a hard drive in with USB/eSATA connection).    I have another computer that have a 2TB Seagate External Hard Drive that come with the software that would goes to sleep when the computer idle.   


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Last updated March 17, 2018 Views 896 Applies to:

Hi pkmicro,

I am afraid to say that you would not be able to set the external hard drive to sleep however you may search on the World Wide Web if there is any software available.

Use your favorite search engine to search such software if available.

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