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Windows 7: Safety of internal 3.5 Sata IDE in external Sata case for backups

13 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
Security of using internal 3.5 Sata in external Sata enclosure

I'm looking at a Sabrent EC-UEIS7 Hard Drive Enclosure - 3.5" IDE/SATA to USB 2.0, eSATA in order to use one of my now internal Sata drives as an 'external' backup device.

If I turn the external power off on the back of the external Sata enclosure with my extra old Sata connected in it...will that drive then be safe from any virus/malware attacks from within my system (or online) even if the external enclosure Sata cable is still connected to the main PC?

I'm assuming if I have the power switch switched off on this external enclosure with my Sata drive...then nothing can read/write to the Sata drive in this external case ?


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15 Apr 2012   #2

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Yes, that is correct. The HDD must have power and data to function in any capacity.

If there is no power going to any drive then they can not read or write anything even if the data cable is attached.
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