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Windows 7: Turning off second HDD

05 Mar 2016   #11
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Guys, Control Panel --> Device Manager --> Disk Drives --> Disable [not Uninstall] the 2nd HD works for me; I'm using Windows 7 Pro, I'm not sure if that will work for all Windows 7s out there.


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05 Mar 2016   #12
LovelyFlipper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

RolandJS, ANOTHER fine trick!

Am I the only person that ever wanted to turn off a backup Hard Drive?
Do most people just let them run? Just curious.
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05 Mar 2016   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nah, most people use an external drive for backup that they just disconnect. I myself use an external enclosure. That lets me reuse all those HDDs that I have recovered from the laptops when they were upgraded with SSDs.
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05 Mar 2016   #14
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I always disconnect them if not going to use them
Any connected device is just as corruptible as the os drive.
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05 Mar 2016   #15
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Nah, most people use an external drive for backup that they just disconnect. I myself use an external enclosure. That lets me reuse all those HDDs that I have recovered from the laptops when they were upgraded with SSDs.
I have a bunch of those recovered 2.5" HDDs. Pity they don't have more capacity. I use one occasionally for experiments but, for the most part, they are just taking up space in a drawer because I can't bring myself to get rid of perfectly good hardware.
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05 Mar 2016   #16
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Guys, Control Panel --> Device Manager --> Disk Drives --> Disable [not Uninstall] the 2nd HD works for me; I'm using Windows 7 Pro, I'm not sure if that will work for all Windows 7s out there.
That's a nice trick to know. I just tried it with a spare HDD I had knocking about (one of those 2.5" ones I mentioned earlier) and I was able to disable and reenable it. I didn't bother to see if a disabled drive would show up again after a reboot, though. Would it?

Also, all that the list displays is the part number of the drive. How would one determine which drive to disable if one has multiple drives with the same part number?
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05 Mar 2016   #17
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
I always disconnect them if not going to use them
Any connected device is just as corruptible as the os drive.
Not a bad idea but, unless you physically disconnect them, it still wouldn't protect them from getting fried if the PSU were to ever fail or a massive spike or surge blows through your spike and surge protection and the PSU.
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05 Mar 2016   #18
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Guys, Control Panel --> Device Manager --> Disk Drives --> Disable [not Uninstall] the 2nd HD works for me; I'm using Windows 7 Pro, I'm not sure if that will work for all Windows 7s out there.
That's a nice trick to know. I just tried it with a spare HDD I had knocking about (one of those 2.5" ones I mentioned earlier) and I was able to disable and reenable it. I didn't bother to see if a disabled drive would show up again after a reboot, though. Would it?
Also, all that the list displays is the part number of the drive. How would one determine which drive to disable if one has multiple drives with the same part number?
Correct, before disabling, re-enabling hard-drives, serial numbers have to be "hunted up" with software-based sniffers, I think I used something similar to tweaking.com's hardware ID to learn which serial number went with which HD listed in the explorer.exe's left side panel.
If memory serves me, a disabled drive will not show up in explorer.exe's left side panel after that particular Windows session has been restarted. Now, what I do not know: if any malware can "behind your back" reEnable a disabled hard-drive.
I once tried uninstalling a 2nd hard-drive and/or using Acronis Disk Manager to HIDE such a HD, and I had to jump through a couple of hoops to get the hard-drive back into explorer.exe's good graces.
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05 Mar 2016   #19
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Guys, Control Panel --> Device Manager --> Disk Drives --> Disable [not Uninstall] the 2nd HD works for me; I'm using Windows 7 Pro, I'm not sure if that will work for all Windows 7s out there.
That's a nice trick to know. I just tried it with a spare HDD I had knocking about (one of those 2.5" ones I mentioned earlier) and I was able to disable and reenable it. I didn't bother to see if a disabled drive would show up again after a reboot, though. Would it?
Also, all that the list displays is the part number of the drive. How would one determine which drive to disable if one has multiple drives with the same part number?
Correct, before disabling, re-enabling hard-drives, serial numbers have to be "hunted up" with software-based sniffers, I think I used something similar to tweaking.com's hardware ID to learn which serial number went with which HD listed in the explorer.exe's left side panel.
If memory serves me, a disabled drive will not show up in explorer.exe's left side panel after that particular Windows session has been restarted. Now, what I do not know: if any malware can "behind your back" reEnable a disabled hard-drive.
I once tried uninstalling a 2nd hard-drive and/or using Acronis Disk Manager to HIDE such a HD, and I had to jump through a couple of hoops to get the hard-drive back into explorer.exe's good graces.
I don't see any serial numbers on the list; only part numbers. Pity that. Btw, I can get serial and part numbers using Speccy.
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05 Mar 2016   #20
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Disabling the drive does not remove the power. I thought that is what the OP wanted.
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