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Wierd happenings with my HDD

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My PC is set up as follows:

  • C drive is a SSD with Windows 7
  • D drive is 3 TB 7200 RPM where I install all my software etc.


What used to happen, when I click on a program it started straight away. Same when I opened a file from Windows explorer, same when I clicked to open an email. Now what is happening, when I click on any of these, they no longer open straight away, instead my drive D starts running and HDD light comes on. It takes some time before things open up. It is as if everything was on drive D and Windows is searching for what I'm trying to open.


Never used to be like this, Any ideas?

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Make sure to defragment the D: drive and to prevent the Hard Disk from going to sleep, click on the Battery / Power icon in the taskbar and select More Power options. In the Control Panel windows which opens, select Change Plan settings for your current Power Plan. In the next window, select Change advanced power settings. In the Power Options dialog box that opens, click the + sign next to the Hard Disk option. Here you will see the required settings under Turn off hard disk after heading. Change the value to 0.

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