Hi, I have usb external drive 2,5" (mechanical, no ssd) and this drive doesn’t go automatically to the sleep after some time when I don’t work with - it is constantly rotating.
You may check this: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/hdparm#Power_management_configuration
Have a look at the “B” option. I used this on my Ubuntu Laptop in ~2014 when I had my last HDD
But remeber that spinning down a hdd too often wears it out more quickly.
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