once you safely stop a usb device, is there any way to start it again?

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  1. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i have 2 500gb external hard drives hooked up to my server. they are they for backing up whenever i feel the need to.

    i don't want them spinning all the time. they shut off after a couple of hours, but i just noticed that they turn back on even when i don't access them.

    so, i click to safely stop and remove them. but the only way to get them to come back on is to cycle the usb or power. any way to do this remotely?
     
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    Chris New Member

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    possibly by searching for plug and play devices
     
  3. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i'll guess i'll just walk into my closet and cycle the power whenever i need to do a backup
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Just enable and disable the USB root in Device Manager. You can even use devcon to enable and disable via the command line.

    Ya lazy bitch.
     
  5. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    nice, works for me
     
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    western digital has a spin-down utility for most of their externals, so if they're WD hard drives, go to their website and download that program. it's exactly what you're looking for.

    if they'er a different brand, hopefully that manufacturer has a similar utility
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    lol
     
  8. deusexaethera

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    Look for a setting called "Allow the computer to turn this device off to save power."
     

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