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Disable a HDD from windows

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I have two hard drives that i use JUST for backups, But i dont want the making noise and running all the time etc....

is there a way of powering them down, and then only enabling them when i need to use them?


I know there is feature to automatically disable hdd's after a while but that still cause extra noise at startup etc, and too many apps cause the disk to spin up for no reason


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You can sync, and then 'offline' it in the computer management/storage plugin.

but I'm not sure thats as safe as ejecting a usb drive would be
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You could create a batch script to automatically dismount them when you power up but if there is power connected to them while the computer is on, they will still be spinning.
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You could physically unplug the power from them and then do manual backups at intervals of your choosing.
    
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I could not figure it out when i tried. What i end up doing it getting an external encloser with esata hook up. Its only power on now when watch movies or downloading movies. I know if it not turned on its not on. when i turn it on windows see it and it works like this. I know this does really answer your question but just another idea.
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