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Windows 7: Turning off second HDD

04 Mar 2016   #1
LovelyFlipper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Turning off second HDD

I have a second hard drive installed that I clone to about once a month.
It seems to me that having it run all the time is unnecessary.
I also think that having it turned off will keep it safe from becoming infected.
Is there a way to turn it off without unplugging it?


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04 Mar 2016   #2
pbcopter

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

Unfortunately there is no way to turn an individual hard drive off.

I installed a SATA hard drive tray in the front of my case that allows me to hot plug drives and safely remove them for backup purposes.
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04 Mar 2016   #3
LovelyFlipper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Pbcopter, thanks for the reply.
It's not such a big deal for me to open the case and unplug it.
I was just wondering if there was some cool little trick that I didn't know about.:)
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04 Mar 2016   #4
pbcopter

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

I like this tray. It has a fan and a power button to shutdown the drive. Just for your info.

IcyDock Tray
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04 Mar 2016   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

You may right click on the Disk in Windows Disk Management and click on Offline to take it Offline.

You may toggle it Online again when you want to.

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(You may need to reboot for the change to become effective in both cases.)


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05 Mar 2016   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

jumanji idea will work to the best of my knowledge.

I personally use HotSwap bays. You will have a sata connection. Plug a ssd or hard drive in and then just use it as need be. When done just remove it and put it some place safe.
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05 Mar 2016   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

First, you are to be commended for having the good sense to have a backup! So many people do not, then show up here or on another forum distraught because their HDD with all the family photos, doctorate's dissertation, whatever, died and they didn't have a backup.

Storing backup drives outside the computer is the safest way to store them. I have a 2.5" hot swap bay built into my case and I added a 3.5" hot swap bay in a 5.25" bay. I just plug in an internal type 3.5" HDD into the hot swap bay to update my backup, then remove it and return it to the drawer I keep it in. Easy peasey, quick and slick.

An alternative to adding a hot swap bay to your computer would be to get an external dock, set it on top or alongside the computer, and leave it connected to the computer all the time. Just remove the backup HDD when not updating the backup.

There are switches available for shutting down HDDs (Orico and Lian Li are two manufacturers I've seen make them) that fit in a 5.25" bay. However, even if you use a switch or go inside the computer to disconnect the backup drive, you run the risk of losing the backup if good ol' Light Fingered Louie exercises his five finger discount and your computer and backup will both go south. Having the backup in a separate place from your computer dramatically reduces the chance of losing both.

Also, even if you keep your backups in another room, a fire, storm, meteor strike, etc. could still cause you to lose all your data, including the backup. Keeping a second backup offsite, such as in a locked drawer or locker at work, a trusted friend's or relative's house, or a bank safe deposit box will dramatically reduce the amount of data you would loose in a dramatic disaster, the amount depending on how often you update the offsite backup. Another way to have an offsite backup that is easier to keep up to date is to use a good, paid, backup service, such as Carbonite.com, Crashplan, or Backblaze. These have software on your computer that will encrypt your data before it ever leaves the computer. Just stay away from cloud storage sites, especially the free ones. They rarely are secure and the free ones are notorious for disappearing with little or no notice.
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05 Mar 2016   #8
LovelyFlipper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Pbcopter.
I love that IcyDock Tray.
Sure wish I had room for something like that.
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05 Mar 2016   #9
LovelyFlipper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
You may right click on the Disk in Windows Disk Management and click on Offline to take it Offline.

You may toggle it Online again when you want to.

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(You may need to reboot for the change to become effective in both cases.)
By golly, that's the kind of trick I was hoping for! Thank you!
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05 Mar 2016   #10
LovelyFlipper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Lady Fitzgerald,
Don't worry about me, I'm totally neurotic about backing up files and having multiple clones of my hard drives in various locations.
I'm not giving up my elegant Windows 7 without a fight.
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