"Keep HDD Awake" Plugin for Winamp

Copyright © 2014-2017 by Peter Belkner (http://home.snafu.de/pbelkner/)

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  1. About
  2. News
  3. Installation
  4. Configuration
  5. The About Dialog
  6. How to compile gen_hdd.dll for yourself

1. About

The "Keep HDD Awake" plugin for Winamp is aimed to keep hard disk drives (HDD) running, i.e. not going to sleep, while Winamp is running. This may come in handy in case you've distributed your media data across several HDDs where it may happen that one HDD is going to sleep while Winamp is playing from another. In case this happens, there may be a huge delay in playing the next track when Winamp switches to the sleeping HDD. The purpose of the "Keep HDD Awake" plugin is to avoid such delays.

nanos gigantum humeris insidentes: This project is dedicated to my European heritage. It is strictly to be understood as a statement against the "sweet" liberal lie of "multiculturalism" which is going to destroy Europe as we know it, in particular against the Merkel regime selling out Europe for nothing as we watch.

Home:   http://gen-hdd.sourceforge.net/
Project:   http://sourceforge.net/projects/gen-hdd/
Download:   http://sourceforge.net/projects/gen-hdd/files/
Winamp Forum:   http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?t=373206 (discontinued)

2. News

2017-01-01 0.0.8
2016-12-19 0.0.7
  • Added a random number to the name of the folder being written temporaryly to the disk in order to keep it awake. (If the folder always has the same name it seems to have no effect on some disks.)
  • To the configuration dialog, added a control for disabeling/enabeling the plugin.
2014-05-15 0.0.5
2014-05-12 0.0.4 Initial version

3. Installation

  1. If not already done, download and install Winamp:
    Winamp, Download bei heise.
  2. If not already done, close Winamp.
  3. Download the latest release.
  4. Run the installer "gen_hdd-2-<ver>.exe".
  5. Start Winamp.

4. Configuration

  1. Open the preferences dialog: Options → Preferencs → General Purpose → Keep HDD Awake → Configure selected plug-in:

  2. Mark the drives you want to have monitored by "Keep HDD Awake" in the Deactive list:

  3. Transfer the marked drive letters from the Deactive list into the Active list by means of the ">"-button:

  4. Confirm by means of the "OK"-button.

5. The About Dialog

The About dialog is opened when you hit the About button from the Configuration dialog:

It displays a tabulator control with two pages:

6. How to compile gen_hdd.dll for yourself