How do I turn on hard disk power saving in Windows XP?

According to many energy reports and statistics we could save a lot of energy by simply turning the power off to our Hard Disk Drives when the computer is not in use. This can save energy, money and the environment. As a green IT support company in Bristol, we're dedicated to helping our clients reduce their energy usage. There are two key ways to set the power saving in Windows XP:

Number 1 – Via the Control Panel

1). Click on the Start Menu.

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2). Click Control Panel.

3). Click the icon labelled Power Options which will open up a new window labelled power options properties.

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4). Click on the Power Schemes tab which by default should already be selected.

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5). Under the “Settings for Home/Office Desk Power Scheme” click on the drop down box labelled Turn Off Hard Disks.

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6). Select the amount of minutes you wish your Hard Disks to turn off after inactivity.

7). Click Apply.

8). Click Ok.

Number 2 – Via the Desktop

1). Right click in a blank space on the computer’s desktop.

2). Left click on Properties in the popup menu which will open up a new window labelled display properties.

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3). Click on the Screen Saver tab.

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4). Under the “Monitor Power” section click the Power button.

5). Under the “Settings for Home/Office Desk Power Scheme” click on the drop down box labelled Hard Disks. 

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6). Select the amount of minutes you wish your Hard Disks to turn off after inactivity.

7). Click Apply.

8). Click Ok.

9). Click Ok on the display properties windows.