How to Stop Hard Disk from Going to Sleep Mode in Windows 10?

After the recent Windows 10 Fall Creator Update, it is possible that you may notice that your hard disk turns off after a definite period of inactivity. This is done to save the battery of your PC which in turns improves the battery life of your PC. However, this setting is configured by using the “Turn off hard disk after” setting in Power Options which allows the users to set a specified time after which the hard disk will power down automatically. Although this set doesn’t affect the SSD and once the system is brought back from the sleep mode, then the hard disk takes some time to turn “On” before you access it.

Though, if you don’t want that your external hard disk or USB to go into the sleep mode then not to worry, you can easily configure each drive or USB to either go into sleep mode or not after a fixed period when your PC is inactive mode.

Below we discuss all the steps which help you in stopping the hard disk from going to sleep mode in windows 10.

Steps to Stop Hard Disk from Going to Sleep Mode in Windows 10

Before starting the procedure ensures that you create a restore point if in case something goes wrong. Follow the steps in ascending order to avoid trouble, and it will take less time and fewer efforts. Here how to do it:

Stop Hard Disk from Going to Sleep in Power Options

  1. Right-click on the Power icon located on your taskbar.
  2. Then, choose Power option.
  3. Click on the “Change plan settings” link appears next to your currently selected power plan.
  4. On the next window, click on the “Change advanced power settings” link located at the bottom of your screen.
  5. Expand the Hard Disk.
  6. Then, expand “Turn off hard disk after.”
  7. After that, change the “On battery” and “Plugged in” settings to specify how many minutes you want the hard disk to turn off.
  8. Now, click on the Apply tab.
  9. Lastly, click on the OK tab.
  10. Finally, restart your computer to save changes.

David Smith is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2002. As a technical expert, David Smith has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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