Samsung HDD Standby?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by archhanny, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. archhanny

    archhanny MDL Novice

    Feb 24, 2010
    hello all
    just wondered if anyone could help me with my problem
    my samsung portable hard drive goes into standby after about 10 mins, i have to somehow access and disable this setting on the drive itself, as it does this when i plug it into my xbox to watch the media from there,
    i have tried a number of fixes but nothing seems to work

    does anyone know if this can even be fixed?

    - James
  2. Carel

    Carel MDL Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    I have a Seagate Desktop drive that does exactly the same thing. No, you cannot disable this, in the SATA-to-USB converter, there is firmware that's programmed to shut the drive off if it is idle for more than 5 minutes. This cannot be fixed & it's normal (But I do know that it causes problems & it's irritating). The reason this is happening: Hard drives fail due to overheat. Thus, shutting the drive off will expand it's lifetime & decrease the risk of bad sectors. The only solution would be to remove the drive from the enclosure & put it in a new / 3rd party enclosure. Just make sure it doesn't overheat, Samsung Drives tend to fail easily.