Keeping an external hard disk drive active

If you’re on a Windows PC, you might need to use an external hard disk drive to extend your available disk space, perhaps for photos, movies, images, graphics – your work.

You might find that the external HDD works fine when you start Windows, but after an hour or so, you no longer see the drive listed in Windows Explorer/File Explorer.

The solution I have found which works well for me is Keep Alive HD.

  • It uses 10MB of RAM, which is 1% of 1GB RAM.
  • It save a small text file on the drive every X minutes/seconds/hours.
  • The action of writing the small text file every X minutes/seconds/hours keeps the drive from going to sleep, and dropping out of Windows Explorer/File Explorer.
  • It is very configurable, and can work on any/multiple drives. You can ask it to load automatically when starting Windows.

Give it a try. If it works for you, let me know by leaving a comment.