By default, Windows XP spins down all hard drives after 20 minutes of inactivity to save power. This can cause significant delays when it is necessary to access the drives after this time. To increase performance and reduce wear and tear on your drives, disable this feature in Windows XP`s power options.
Follow the steps below to accomplish the task:
- Go to start--> control panel--> performance and maintenance--> power options--> Set the "turn off hard disks" drop down box to "never". Click--> ok.