Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Do offline disks power down too?

18 Sep 2014   #1

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.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Sep 2014   #2

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Do offline disks power down too?

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Computer shuts down like power outtage, Kernel Power Error ID 41
Recently I installed a new game on my computer (Far Cry 3), and after a while playing it, my computer suddenly shut down, just like a power outtage (except the power was not out). After debating with friends, I went more towards a hardware problem rather than a software problem, so I thought...
BSOD Help and Support
new HD, reloaded recovery disks, Startup repair offline?
Hi all. Alienware m17xr3, the hard drive died. Got a new hard drive, booted from the recovery dvds This seems to work, reads both dvds, gets to 100%, ejects dvd and I click reboot. I can see a bsod for a split second, then it launched startup repair which fails every time with the...
General Discussion
Shut down computer, remove all power sources, hold down power button
Why does shutting down the computer, removing the AC Adapter, removing the battery (if it is a laptop), and holding down the power button for 30 seconds fix problems in one's computer. I was recently corrected in a post of mine that this does not actually do anything unless one removes the 3 volt...
Hardware & Devices
Missing power state controls in advanced power plan settings
Hi guys, I'm new here and this is my first post. I have an Optiplex 745 running Windows 7 Professional. Normally in the advanced setting section of the power plan option I have the option to change the power state, however all of a sudden these options have just totally disappeared. Any help is...
General Discussion
Acer Aspire 5742 no power from dc jack, replaced it, still no power
I replaced the DC jack on an Acer today with a new one. When the laptop has the battery in the power LED shows a power source(unfortunately the battery is dead). When I remove the battery and plug in the charger to the new DC jack, no LED. Hitting the power button results in a flash from the power...
Hardware & Devices
Offline Files - Make Files or Folders Available Offline
How to Make Network Files or Folders Available Offline in Windows 7 and Windows 8 If you work with files on a network, you can make the files available offline so you can access them even when your computer is not connected to the network. This is especially useful if you use a laptop to...

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:14.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App