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    I've got 2 SSDs (1 M2, 1 sata) and three mechanical drives. The mechanical drives are used for data only (no applications at all) and it's not read often, so they're set to spin down after five minutes of inactivity. However I can hear them all regualrly spin up again (often at the same time), around 1-10 minutes after they power down. They're by far the loudest part of my PC and it drives me nuts.

    Page file is not on a mechanical drive, no OS files, no applications, no services, search indexing is off, checking process monitor and no writes are occurring to those drives.

    Why is it happening? Make it stop happening please.

  • #2
    One of numerous things that annoys the out of me about Windows.

    I can only suggest firing up Task Manager -> Performance -> Resource Monitor, and see what's reading from the drives.
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    Fractal R4 (shhh!) 3570k, z77x-d3h, 16gb, R9-270X, 240gb SSD, 2tb mirror w/ 60gb cache drive

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    • #3
      cortana/search indexing worried you have done something it has missed?

      i have moved mine to a linux based nas box because i hate that sound too
      "Those able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses."
      Plato

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      • #4
        AV?

        Could be any number of a thousand different things.

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        • #5
          I changed a bunch of stuff at the same time last night and seems to have stopped.

          Trouble is I have no memory what it was that I changed so I can't narrow down what caused it.

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          • #6
            Windows probing your drives before it downloads an update maybe?
            Why did the chicken cross the road?
            To get away from the Canadian poultry farmer with loose trousers.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by heavywater View Post
              They're by far the loudest part of my PC and it drives me nuts.
              Bit worrying. How do they show in a SMART test?

              Noisy HDs are a thing of the past here.
              Win 10 Pro 64-bit + Asus Z-170-K + Intel i5-6500 + 512GB Samsung M.2 PCI-e SSD + 16GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
              Win 10 Pro 64-bit + Asus M5A88-M EVO + AMD Phenom II X6 + 8GB Corsair XMS3 1600 + Radeon HD 6450
              Win 10 Home 32-bit + Asus M2N-SLI DeLuxe + AMD Athlon 64 X2, Dual Core 5400 + 4.0 GB Memory + NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

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              • #8
                All show as good. The drives aren't noisy per se, the rest of the PC is just very quiet.

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                • #9
                  try wrapping the drives in a thick blanket

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cold fusion View Post
                    try wrapping the drives in a thick blanket
                    Or your head.
                    Win 10 Pro 64-bit + Asus Z-170-K + Intel i5-6500 + 512GB Samsung M.2 PCI-e SSD + 16GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
                    Win 10 Pro 64-bit + Asus M5A88-M EVO + AMD Phenom II X6 + 8GB Corsair XMS3 1600 + Radeon HD 6450
                    Win 10 Home 32-bit + Asus M2N-SLI DeLuxe + AMD Athlon 64 X2, Dual Core 5400 + 4.0 GB Memory + NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by michaelkenward View Post
                      Or your head.
                      But then how are you supposed to hear how quite the drives?

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