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Hard drive heads crash upon shutdown

Is there any way I can either extend the time it takes for my Windows XP Pro SP2 to shutdown slowly, or at least spin down the drives before so abruptly cutting the power?

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  • delfixya Feb 20, 2008

    Thanks for the HD info Hermit65; so even if the computer powers down aburptly, there shouldn't be any head noise, only a possible sound of slowing RPMs.



    What I was thinking was available was a patch that I installed on my Win98/Win ME machine that allowed the operating system a couple of extra seconds to finish up the data caching so the hard drive would not be getting accessed during shutdown. I am pretty sure it was for those "older" OS's, but I thought it would be nice if it existed for XP.



    The noise experienced is just one ca-chunk when shutting down/ restarting a fresh install of Win XP Pro SP2. I almost wish there were some extra services, or excessive programs running to hold it back.



    All the information I could find on the web related to speeding up shutdown, but I was looking for a patch to slow down shutdown to give the hard drive more time to become unenergized.



    Does some tweaking program, or patch exist to either spin down the hard drive before shutting down, or to add extra seconds after windows initates a shutdown to make sure all disk activitly has been halted? Registry?

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Dear delfixya

Hard Drives have one running speed once they are fired up, unlike a car engine which can idle down when not driving. They don't spin down until the power is shut off, and that is after all data is safe and RAM is not shadowing data from the HD.

Hard drives making clicking sounds after shutting down is an imminent sign of impending failure of the heads. Replacement is the best thing.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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