Windows 7 keeps mapped NAS HD from spinning down or hibernating. RRS feed

  • Question

  • Perhaps my choice of words in the title doesn't best describe the problem.

    I keep all of my music and pictures backed up on two network attached storage devices (NAS HD).  One is an older SimpleShare unit and the other is a DNS-321.

    With my previous laptop, a Dell m1330 running XP, these drives would spin down and hibernate.  Meaning, the only time they spun-up was when I opened Picasa or tried to access one of the folders through Windows Explorer.

    With my new laptop, a Dell XPS 13 running Windows 7, these drives are constantly active once they are mapped.  Even if I am not personally accessing any information on the drives.  Obviously, this uses additional power, but it also puts unnecessary wear and tear on the drive.

    Any thoughts on how I can resolve this?

    Also, please note, that un-mapping the drives does seem to solve the problem.  However, once un-mapped, I can no longer access those files through Picasa or my music program.  The drive must remain mapped.


    Thanks all-

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010 12:30 PM