In Windows 7 or Ubuntu, there is the power management option for you to customize things like what to do when laptop battery is low, hard drive behavior when you are using battery, what to do when you press the power button ... However, in Linux Mint 13 - MATE edition, you will not find the power management option the Mint Menu. To customize the power management in Linux Mint 13 - MATE, you need to hit Alt + F2 then type "mateconf-editor" to open the configuration window. On that window, go to apps then expand the mate-power-manager menu and you will see many options to customize the power management.
To customize your laptop's behavior when on battery, you can go to the "actions" category to edit the variables there:
To customize the power button, suspend button ... options, the proper menu is "buttons". To customize the hard drive behavior, the "disks" menu is where you should go to.