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Enable or Disable Automatic Mounting of New Drives in Windows 11

Windows will automatically mount new basic volumes that are added to the system, and assign them drive letters by default.

If wanted, you can disable Windows from automatically mounting any new basic volumes that are added to the system.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the automatic mounting and assigning of a drive letter when a new drive is connected for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Turn Off Hard Disk After Idle Time in Windows 11

The Turn off hard disk after setting in Power Options lets you specify the period of inactivity before the disk is automatically powered down.

Having your HDDs automatically turn off after being idle can help save energy and extend the battery life.

When you or anything tries to access a HDD that has been turned off, there will be a delay of a few seconds as the HDD automatically turns back on and spins up before being able to access it.

This tutorial will show you how to change how long HDDs are inactive before automatically turned off in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Check Drive Health and SMART Status in Windows 11

S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology; often written as SMART) is a monitoring system included in computer hard disk drives (HDDs), solid-state drives (SSDs), and eMMC drives. Its primary function is to detect and report various indicators of drive reliability with the intent of anticipating imminent hardware failures.

This tutorial will show you how to check the current health and SMART status of drives in Windows 11.

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How to Add or Remove Quota tab in Drive Properties in Windows 10

You can right click or press and hold on a drive in Windows, and click/tap on Properties to see more details about the drive’s properties.

The Quota tab in the properties page window of drives allow you to manage quota settings for the drive.

Disk quotas track and control disk space usage for NTFS file system volumes, allowing administrators to control the amount of data that each user can store on a specific NTFS volume. Administrators can optionally configure the system to log an event when users are near their quota, and to deny further disk space to users who exceed their quota. Administrators can also generate reports, and use the event monitor to track quota issues.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Quota tab on the Properties page of drives for all users in Windows 10.

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