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RJL24
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Is my 1.5TB external off or on when I power down?

Windows 7, HP notebook,

 

When I turn notebook off the white light at the back of the WD 1.5tb drive blinks intermittently.

 

The external hdd seems not to be whirring, (I could be wrong), but I am unsure if this is what it is supposed to do, or if device is on or off.

 

I wish to keep things simple without having to do an additional step if possible, that is when I turn off my computer I want all my externals to turn off.  Usually I suppose no light would mean off, a white light blinking may mean ON.

 

What does the blinking white light coming from the back of the external drive mean?

 

And, how and I make it stop when the computer is off?

 

Thanks in advance,

Windows 7, HP Notebook, 1.5TB Western Digital external (W drive - backup), also two other external hdd drives, (F Drive, 120GB - main, and K drive 250GB - 2nd backup) and use notebook C drive (250GB) only for programs.
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RJL24
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Re: Is my 1.5TB external off or on when I power down?

Neglected to mention that WD drive is connected to a hub and not directly connected to the notebook.  Too few USB ports on the notebook.

Windows 7, HP Notebook, 1.5TB Western Digital external (W drive - backup), also two other external hdd drives, (F Drive, 120GB - main, and K drive 250GB - 2nd backup) and use notebook C drive (250GB) only for programs.
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RJL24
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎11-14-2010
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Re: Is my 1.5TB external off or on when I power down?

Found a solution: connect the usb cable directly to the computer.  This turns off the blinking light when i power down or hibernate the computer.

Windows 7, HP Notebook, 1.5TB Western Digital external (W drive - backup), also two other external hdd drives, (F Drive, 120GB - main, and K drive 250GB - 2nd backup) and use notebook C drive (250GB) only for programs.
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