LOOK FOR THE START MENU SHORTCUTS
A program group called hdparm was created in the Start Menu:
Use these commands to easily configure the Advanced Power Management (APM) settings of your hard disk drive:
The recommended setting for everyday usage is Enable HDD APM (for max performance).
1. Disable HDD APM - completely disables Advanced Power Management
2. Enable HDD APM (for battery life) - saves battery but is likely to trigger frequent parking of drive head, increasing load/unload cycle count in SMART and more harddisk clicking sounds
3. Enable HDD APM (for max performance) - does not completely disable Advanced Power Management but significantly reduces parking of drive head, slows down increase of load/unload cycle count in SMART and minimizes harddisk clicking sounds.
SEE HOW IT WORKS
Configure Advanced Power Management settings in three steps:
If you have changed your mind and want to exit without configuring Advanced Power Management use the window close button in the top right corner [X].
Note that on PCs running Windows Vista, 7 or 8 the User Account Control message window will open shortly after that and you are required to click the YES button.
Note that the hdparm executable is closed immediately after configuring Advanced Power Management - the app will not remain resident in memory. That's why on computer resume from Standby or Hibernation the app must be run again from the Start Menu.
Step THREE - The Advanced Power Management settings have been configured successfully.
Pay attention to the colored area - if an error occurs it is displayed there.
To close the console window press a key or use the window close button [X].
HDPARM SETUP on Windows 7, 8 and Vista ERRORS TROUBLESHOOTING