When you are working on a laptop, it is easy to appreciate the power settings. Set everything just right and you can extend the life of a battery charge. On a desktop system, the power settings can help you save electricity. But if those settings slow down your productivity, is the savings worth it?
The good news is that you can decide exactly what you want if you are working in Vista or Windows 7. Go into Control Panel and run the Power Settings application. Even on my desktop, the default was set to “Balanced”. All I know is that the hard drive would shut off every 20 minutes. Of course there are probably ten times each day when I have to wait 15-20 seconds for the hard drive to start back up so that I can do something. By adjusting the “Advanced Power Settings”, I was able to change the idle time to 120 minutes. That should keep the hard drive on when I’m sitting at the computer. Look over all of the available settings and create a power profile that works for you.