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

05 Feb 2012   #11
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
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
That is a perfect setup. I have 3 of those on my desk - eSata, USB3 and USB2. Most of the time they are off because they are backup drives for my desktop and laptop. I reuse the HDDs from when I installed the SSDs on the laptops.

But even when they are not on the desktop or have no switch, at Home Depot you can buy a remote controlled switch for little money. In Germany I use one of those that can control 3 seperate switches with one control.

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21 Sep 2017   #12

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
How to temporarily disable a HDD

This works for me, no pulling wires/cables!

Very easy...

Computer Management > Disk Management

Next click on the desired HDD

Right click on it then click on Offline

You can reverse this by doing the above and selecting Online.
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21 Sep 2017   #13

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

Here's what I have in my computer:

It is a four-drive SATA power switch. I have three hard drives in my computer: one for Linux, one for Windows, and one for data. The data drive stays on; the other two go off and on, depending on which OS I want to run. However, I can also turn off the data drive if I want to. I have been absolutely satisfied with this switch.

The only issue you might have with it is that the LEDs are very bright. In my case, the switch stays behind one of the drive bay doors, so I never see the LEDs unless I open the drive bay door.
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