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Windows 7: looking for an external hard disk with a power off/on button ?

27 May 2012   #1
drugo

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 
looking for an external hard disk with a power off/on button ?

Hi
i'm looking for an external hard disk with a power off/on button ?

about usb2 or 3 , i don't mind

i would like a button to power on and when i don't want to use a power off


thanks
cheers
i would appreciate


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27 May 2012   #2
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
not the answer you want but why not either simply "Unplug" the device from the mains when not in use or put a switch into the power cable ---- it's quite simple -- simply cut one of the power lines to the USB disk and with a screwdriver connect an ON OFF switch like those you often see on small table / bedside lamp stands.

You only need a "Single Pole" switch -- very cheap and take you all of about 7 mins to do.

The easiest way of all of course is to have an individually switched extension socket - then you just switch off the USB's power when not in use.

here's a link to a UK model. European and US models I'm sure are available too.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/6-Socket-ind.../dp/B000MX0CMG



Cheers
jimbo
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27 May 2012   #3
drugo

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
not the answer you want but why not either simply "Unplug" the device from the mains when not in use or put a switch into the power cable ---- it's quite simple -- simply cut one of the power lines to the USB disk and with a screwdriver connect an ON OFF switch like those you often see on small table / bedside lamp stands.

You only need a "Single Pole" switch -- very cheap and take you all of about 7 mins to do.

The easiest way of all of course is to have an individually switched extension socket - then you just switch off the USB's power when not in use.

here's a link to a UK model. European and US models I'm sure are available too.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/6-Socket-ind.../dp/B000MX0CMG



Cheers
jimbo
thanks
but is so hard to find an external hard disk with a power off/on button ??

by the way i disconnect the hard disk , and unplug the power cable with my hand

ps from USB Safely Remove USB Safely Remove - comfortable and reliable replacement for Safely Remove Hardware function
Quote:
Power off drives on stopping in Vista & Win 7
When you safely remove the device in Windows XP it powers the device off – in the case of a flash drive its led was switched off and in the case of a portable hard drive it was spun down. But Microsoft changed this behavior in Vista and it still exists in Win 7: after you stop the device on these OSes the hard drive continue spinning and flash drive continue lighting. All modern hard drives park theirs heads automatically when you unplug them so in theory this behavior shouldn’t lead to loss data or damaged drives. But in practice the hard drive usually sound strangely when you unplug them on run and this makes a hard drive owner being a bit nervous when he hears that
USB Safely Remove can change this behavior and make the system power down USB ports. In order to enable this feature just answer "Yes, please" when USB Safely Remove suggests you to enable it.
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27 May 2012   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Most build your own external cases have on/off switches mounted on them.

https://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-...ard-drive.html
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27 May 2012   #5
drugo

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Most build your own external cases have on/off switches mounted on them.

https://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-...ard-drive.html
thanks guru
but...
it's so hard to buy a new external hard disk with a power on/off button
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27 May 2012   #6
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Most HD dock units also have on/off switches

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, hard drive dock
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27 May 2012   #7
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

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