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Windows 7: How can I disable a hard drive temporarily?

05 Nov 2011   #1
Davogo

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
How can I disable a hard drive temporarily?

I have two internal 750GB HDs - one is partitioned to C (Windows) and the other D (data). The other is E and simply a mirror backup of D which I do once a day.

The problem is that the E drive goes to sleep after XX minutes but some applications or processes (e.g. Empty Recycle Bin) want to wake it up before they work, which means a delay of ~10 seconds as the E drive spins up - very annoying.

How can I temporarily disable the drive until I need it for the once a day backup?

Thanks.


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05 Nov 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Just pull the power or sata wire.
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05 Nov 2011   #3
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

I'd rather go with the power wire - internal SATA connectors are too fragile to withstand constant plugging/unplugging.

You might consider putting the E: disk into an external enclosure - if you don't mind being limited to USB2.0 speeds. (or the hassle of adding an eSATA port to your PC)
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05 Nov 2011   #4
Davogo

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Crawling under a desk, opening the case and unplugging / plugging back in cables every day would be more annoying than the delay.

I hoped there would be some way to disable the drive from within Windows, but I've not found an answer by Googling.
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05 Nov 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

LOL, I can feel with you. I do that all the time. A while ago I was trying to find a software solution to that problem but gave up.

The external enclosure proposal that Corazon made is a good idea. I use that on my laptop, but there I have eSata and USB3 ports.
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05 Nov 2011   #6
Davogo

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

That makes me feel a little better that it is not only me.

I already have an external HD for weekly backup and I don't really feel like pulling the E drive out just to solve this problem. It seems crazy this simple thing cannot be solved!

Vielen dank.
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05 Nov 2011   #7
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Device Manager

You can disable the disk in device manager. I am not sure how that would help with your concerns.
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05 Nov 2011   #8
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Gern geschehen.

While there are ways to make the disk inaccessible in Windows, there's no way around powering/spinning it up every time you (re)boot your machine. That alone would be reason enough for me not to have it permanently attached inside the system.
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05 Feb 2012   #9
MikeL

Windows 7 RC
 
 

There does not seem to be a Windows solution to the question. Evidently MS thinks that no one ever puts more than one hdd in a computer or thinks you're so brain dead that you would try to disable the drive your OS is using.
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05 Feb 2012   #10
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

You can but a hot swap drive bay for little money. Find one with a power button on it and it will work like an external esata drive. Just turn it on when you need it.

something like SNT-125B Black 3.5" SATA Hard drive to 5.25" Bay SATA Mobile Rack Removable Hard drive kit
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