External Hard Drives annoyingly goes to sleep every minute - This app solves it

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  1. Mr. X

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    If you're somewhat like me and producing using a laptop then you surely have limited SSD/HDD space in the laptop and I bet you use an external hard drive as your work drive/backup drive/samples collection etc. then you probably experienced the issues that comes with it.

    External hard drives goes to sleep like every minute or so, and there's not always an easy way to adjust it. So I wrote this app that solves the issue and keeps your external HDD (or any HDD) alive so you don't have to wait for it to spin up every single time, especially when you have this workflow going on and don't want to be interrupted by annoying waiting time.

    SleeplessHD is 100% free. No licenses, no fees. Yours to keep forever.


    www.bitsoft.one
     
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    I mean, isn’t that what the “USB selective suspend” setting in power options is for? (Windows)
     
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    Despite the very real possibility of backlash from rabid Win10 fans, I have to ask--is this a Win10 *only thing, or is that just suggested?
    #whichisworsewin10orvista :dunno::rofl:
     
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    This app works with all Windows versions, as long as you have .NET v4.7.2 (or higher) installed.
     
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    I'm not familiar with the “USB selective suspend”, but external hard drives have their own sleeping time settings regardless of how your computer is set up afaik.
     
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    That setting can be found by going to Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options, then selecting a power plan and clicking on Change advanced power settings, and then under USB settings.
     
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    On MacOS: Open Terminal in any folder on the external drive and type:
    while [ 1 ]; do sleep 25; touch blabla; done
     
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    I like your app because it's very simple to use. Good job! :wink:

    However, for those who need more features, try HDParm [for Linux]. Since I'm on Linux most of the time, I use it a lot, but there is a Windows version of it, that I also use when I'm making music. :wink:

    Thank you Mr. X!
     
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