How to disable power management settings in Windows


In some systems it is necessary to disable Windows' default power management settings in order for a drive or program to function properly. These instructions are used as a troubleshooting step for users who may be experiencing unexptected behavior with a WD external Direct Attached Storage (DAS) hard drive.

Please select your Operating System (OS) below:



Windows 10

  1. To begin, right-click on the Start button and left-click on the Control Panel.

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  2. Click on Hardware and Sound.

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  3. Click on Power Options.

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  4. On the left side of the screen, select Create a Power Plan.

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  5. Select the High Performance radial and give the power plan a name. Then, click on Next.

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  6. Select how long the system's display should remain on and how long until the computer goes to sleep. Then click on the Create button to create the custom plan.

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  7. Once back on the main Power Options screen, select Change plan settings.

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  8. Next, click the blue Change advanced power settings link.

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  9. Expand the hard disk power options, by clicking on the + next to Hard Disk. Change the time listed under Turn Off Hard Disk After to Never. Do the same under the Sleep options for the Hibernate After item.

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  10. Click Apply and then OK. Then, close the window. Now the power management settings have been disabled.

Windows 8

  1. To begin, go to Start Screen.

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  2. From there, open Control Panel by typing control panel and pressing Enter.

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  3. Click on Hardware and Sound.

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  4. Click on Power Options.

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  5. On the left side of the screen, select Create Power Plan.

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  6. Select the High Performance radial and give the power plan a name. Then, click on Next.

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  7. Select how long the system's display should remain on, and then click on the Create button to create the custom plan.

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  8. Once back on the main Power Options screen, select Change Plan Settings.

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  9. Next, click the blue Change Advanced Power Settings link.

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  10. Expand the hard disk power options, by clicking on the + next to Hard Disk. Change the time listed under Turn Off Hard Disk After to Never. Do the same under the Sleep options for the Hibernate After item.

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  11. Click Apply and then OK. Then, close the window. Now the power management settings have been disabled.

Windows 7

  1. To begin, click on Start and open your control panel from your Start menu.

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  2. Click on Hardware and Sound.

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  3. Click on Power Options.

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  4. On the left side of the screen, select Create Power Plan.

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  5. Select the High Performance radial and give the power plan a name. Then, click on Next.

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  6. Select how long the system's display should remain on, and then click on the Create button to create the custom plan.

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  7. Once back on the main Power Options screen, select Change Plan Settings.

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  8. Next, click the blue Change Advanced Power Settings link.

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  9. Expand the hard disk power options by clicking on the + next to Hard Disk. Change the time listed under Turn Off Hard Disk After to Never. Do the same under the Sleep options for the Hibernate After item.

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  10. Click Apply and then OK. Then, close the window. Now the power management settings have been disabled.

Windows Vista

  1. To begin, click on Start and open your control panel from your Start menu.

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  2. Click on Hardware and Sound.

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  3. Click on Power Options.

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  4. On the left side of the screen, select Create Power Plan.

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  5. Select the High Performance radial and give the power plan a name. Then, click on Next.

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  6. Select how long the system's display should remain on, and leave the computer going to sleep at Never. Then, click on the Create button to create the custom plan.

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  7. Once back on the main Power Options screen, select Change Plan Settings.

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  8. Next click the blue Change Advanced Power Settings link.

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  9. Expand the hard disk power options by clicking on the + next to Hard Disk. Change the time listed under Turn Off Hard Disk After to Never. Do the same under the Sleep options for the Hibernate After item.

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  10. Click Apply and then OK. Then, close the window. Now the power management settings have been disabled.

Windows XP

  1. To begin, right-click on any unused portion of your desktop.
  2. Click on Properties.

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  3. Select the Screen Saver tab at the top of the window.

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  4. Click on the Power button near the bottom of the tab.

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  5. On the Power Schemes tab, set the Turn off hard disks, System standby and System hibernate settings to Never.

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  6. Now, click on the Hibernate tab. If checked, uncheck the Enable Hibernation checkbox.

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  7. Click on Apply and then on OK in the lower right corner of the window
  8. Back on the Display Properties window, click on the OKbutton.

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  9. After that, the power management settings have been disabled

Unix/Linux (All Distributions)

Western Digital technical support only provides jumper configuration (for EIDE hard drive) and physical installation support for hard drives used in systems running the Linux/Unix operating systems. For setup questions beyond physical installation of a Western Digital hard drive, please contact the Linux/Unix system vendor.


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