My external, Western Digital, USB based drives go to sleep, by default, after a few minutes. This is a big no-no for Chia.
This is the case for WD labeled drives, as well as g-technology drives (a WD brand).
I have Seagate and LaCie (a Seagate brand) drives, too, and they do not go to sleep.
I could find no elegant solutions on-line. By elegant, I mean a way to tell the drive to not sleep.
So I called WD, and they insisted that Windows tells the drives when to sleep.
I told them that my Seagate drives never sleep. But that was met with a repetition of “Windows blah, blah, blah”.
They have no software tool that can issue a change of settings to their drives.
I checked every conceivable power related setting that I could find in Windows, and all are set to maximum performance and zero power savings.
My work-around was to write a keepalive.bat script that writes a few byes of data to each drive. The script then sleeps (via Windows “timeout.exe” command) and repeats. This works. But I should not have to do this.
Has anyone else had this “sleep” (or power savings) issue with WD / g-technology drives?
How are you dealing with it?