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Windows 7: Plug in a sata power cable

06 Nov 2014   #1
dwarfer66

 
Plug in a sata power cable

Can I plug in the power cable to a sata drive (already connected to sata port on mobo), while the computer is on.

With that drive connected Windows will not boot (I never have had a problem with the drive before, even when installing windows). If I remember right, a few years ago, I moved the pagefile to that drive, and it also had a boot.ini file on it (for some reason) I wonder if that is the problem (never until now), because when that drive is installed windows hangs at starting windows.


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06 Nov 2014   #2
TVeblen

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If the SATA controller is set to AHCI mode, and the SATA port the drive is on is set to allow "hot-swap", then yes you could. If not, then no you can't.

You should post a screenshot of your Disk Management window with the problem drive connected. Expand the window so everything can be read.
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06 Nov 2014   #3
dwarfer66

 

I can't as the PC won't boot, It hangs at starting windows.
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06 Nov 2014   #4
TVeblen

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This assumes you can hot swap.
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06 Nov 2014   #5
dwarfer66

 

I had to also remove the drive to reinstall windows before. I'm sure when I have had a look on the drive through windows explorer (such as copying files etc) I though I had seen a boot.ini file on there as well, I pretty sure that drive has never been used as a boot drive, but I could be wrong and the drive is about 4 years old.

Everything was running smooth until I replaced my PSU with a beefier model, went from a Corsair HX520 to a Cooler master V750.
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06 Nov 2014   #6
TVeblen

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I suspect that one of the partitions on the problem drive is flagged as ACTIVE.

Another note: it is much safer for the system to keep the power connection attached and "hot-swap" or disconnect the drive using only the SATA connector.
This will minimize any unfortunate short circuit, static, or grounding accidents.
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06 Nov 2014   #7
dwarfer66

 

Yes I think it was flagged as Active.

Would I be able to put it into a powered caddy, so it does not start with windows. I have Paragon Hard Disk Manager installed, would I be able to "unflag Active" without losing data.

Like this one:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=16636
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06 Nov 2014   #8
TVeblen

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Yes, I think you could. You just need to access the drive. Then you could use DISKPART to remove the ACTIVE flag, or any 3rd party disk management tool.

Partition - Mark as Inactive
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06 Nov 2014   #9
dwarfer66

 

Cheers mate, will have to get one, but wont be few a few weeks dammit.
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