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Windows 7: Do offline disks power down too?

18 Sep 2014   #1
meimeiriver

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Do offline disks power down too?

I just cloned my disk with Macrium Reflect. Worked great, and I was able to boot from the new disk just fine. I kept the old disk, to use itself again as backup disk. I did put it offline, though, in Disk Management (so as not to accidentally write on it). I got 2 small questions left, though:

1) Putting a disk offline is effectively just unmounting it, right? So, should I ever need to boot from it again, in case of a calamity, I will be able to boot from it just fine, right? (even though it's currently marked as offline).

2) My harddisks power off after 20min idle time. Will offline disks power down that way too? Wouldn't want to have it spin endlessly, merely because it's no longer in the 'online' pool.

Thx.


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18 Sep 2014   #2
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

The simplest solution for keeping a standby boot disk in your PC case is to simply pull the power cable.
Even when you come to need the standby disk you'd probably want to reimage it with a more current system image anyway.
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