How to Change Hard Disk Idle Timeout in Windows 11

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The article provides a guide on how to adjust the hard disk idle timeout in Windows 11, a feature that automatically turns off the hard disk after a certain period of inactivity to save energy and extend battery life. The author notes that while useful, this setting can cause a slight delay when apps need…

This article describes how to change hard disk idle timeout in Windows 11.

Windows has a setting that automatically turns off the hard disk after a certain period of inactivity. This setting is helpful when you want to save energy and extend your device’s battery life.

One downside of this setting is that while the hard disk drive is turned off, apps and other services that need access will encounter a slight delay because the disk will have to leave its idle state to resume operation.

If a slight delay isn’t a big deal, you turn on this feature to serve energy and extend your device’s battery life in certain situations.

Below is how to change the disk idle timeout settings in Windows 11.

How to turn off the hard disk after a certain period of inactivity in Windows 11

As described above, Windows has a setting that automatically turns off the hard disk after a certain period of inactivity. This setting is helpful when you want to save energy and extend your device’s battery life.

Below is how to change the settings in Windows 11.

Note: This feature only applies to HDDs. It does not apply to SSDs or other NVMe drives.

To change this setting, open the Control Panel.

Navigate to the Power Options category group when the Control Panel app opens.

Control Panel-> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options

There, locate the Active power plan. Then click on the Change plan settings link.

windows 11 change power plan settings link
windows 11 change power plan settings link

Click the Change advanced power settings link on the Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options -> Edit Plan Settings pane.

windows 11 change advanced power settings control panel
Windows 11 changes advanced power settings control panel

On the Power Options pop-up window, select Hard disk to expand. Then expand. Turn off the hard disk after:

  • On battery: 10 Minutes
  • Plugged in: 20 Minutes

Again, the changes below only apply to Hard Disk drives (HDDs). SSDs and non-HDD drives will turn on as defined in the image below.

windows 11 hard drive turn off hard disk after
windows 11 hard drive: turn off the hard disk after

That should do it! You can close the Settings app.

Reference:

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/customize/power-settings/disk-settings-disk-idle-timeout

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change your computer’s hard disk idle timeout in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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