USB remote HDD turn off/on

I have my BB modem/router mounted in the loft, to which I have no quick
easy access. On those rare occaisions I do desire to turn it off, I
have a remote control wireless 13A switch.
The router has a USB socket on it, which supports a 1Tb USB HDD. It
works and I have access to the HDD anywhere on my network, but I would
like to be able to not have it running all of the time. I could add a
second remote 13A switch, but might there be some way to have the HDD
start and stop itself from running only when accessed?
It is an older 1Tb USB Buffalo HDD..
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Harry Bloomfield
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In article , Harry Bloomfield writes:
All drives can be told to spin down/up using commands over the bus connection, but it will depend on your router's management and filesystem if it gives you access to such features. The other thing that many drives can be configured to do is to spin down after a period of inactivity, but again, you need some management software to configure this.
Spinning disks up and down does cost significant disk life. You don't want to be doing this too often if you want the disk drive to last. It might save you a few watts, but for a single drive, that's going to be a saving of less than £5/year, for potentially much shorter disk life (depending how often you do it).
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Andrew Gabriel
Andrew Gabriel submitted this idea :
Thanks, have you a link to any software which might support this please?
It will not be run up and down often, likely less than once per week.
Reply to
Harry Bloomfield
on 06/01/2017 :
It would be permanently plugged into the router, but no I have no I have not heard it spin up and down other than when its wallwart is plugged in. It is silent when running, but quite loud at spin up and down.
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Harry Bloomfield

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