Thanks for the advice KDEF2004 and Gianni,
For what it’s worth I tried both suggestions. Again being a computer user and not an expert I struggled to find any options to adjust settings for individual hard drives. I did manage to find an option for ‘high performance’ on Power Schemes settings in the control panel, but no matter how hard I tried; windows would keep defaulting back to a Power Save mode, despite clicking ‘accept’ after making changes.
So I tried KDEF2004’s idea, which is also probably very sound advice. However, anyone reading this, be careful which registry fixing program you choose! Being tight, I went for a free one from iObit. DON’T USE THIS SOFTWARE!!
On running this software my computer was de-fragged and many temporary and register files were identified as errors and deleted. The software created a ‘system restore point’… which was lucky as it REALLY messed up Windows 7! After this process I couldn’t get the computer to stay on for longer than a minute or so; it kept blacking out/shutting down, over and over again. In safe mode I went to restore the system to the last restore point. Unfortunately the computer ‘blacked out’ mid process rendering the entire OS useless.
That was the official end of it all - well almost.
I took this opportunity to re-install ye ol’ faithful Windows XP! Somehow this installation re-arranged my drive letters so I accidentally wiped my entire documents disc (thankfully last backed up in June!) But I did lose some more recent work.
Now, back on XP, Cubase 6.5 still crashes even with no VST plug ins in use, however you get warning messages rather than the ‘dead ends’ and black outs experienced in Windows 7. As a result I have made the decision to go back to Cubase 4 in the vague hope I might actually get a project completed this year.
The moral of the story is: Quit wasting time when things go wrong in Windows with Cubase. You would get more done watching TV all day! There is a reason why professionals opt for Mac and Logic!
With a big two fingers to Microsoft and Steinberg for an outstanding mess…It’s time for me to get saving