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Are there ways on how to disable connected HDDs?

Example:

I have the ff in the rig:

HDD 1
HDD 2
HDD 3

....

I am going to boot with HDD 1 into windows.. BUT I want to disable HDD 2 and 3 and not have to open up the case and and unplug HDD 2 and 3.

I don't want HDD 1 Windows to see and use those drives.

(I noticed that I am the only one noticing small stutters all throughout windows [browsers, videos, games].. maybe it just happens that I am SUPER ULTRA sensitive to these "normal" stutters)

So:

HDD 1 (windows, main OS)
HDD 2 (disabled YET connected physically)
HDD 3 (disabled YET connected physically)


...possible?
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post #2 of 19
Why not just get a hot swap bay?
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You can use your device manager. Control Panel -> System and Security -> System -> Device Manager -> Disk drives. Select hard drive X and Disable.

EDIT: I think you can disable them in your BIOS as well. Don't remember if you can for sure, but I don't see why you couldn't.
Edited by waldoh74 - 6/17/11 at 8:54pm
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post #4 of 19
I know you can eject the drives if you use the "Safely Remove Hardware" thing in the tray, but your BIOS has to have AHCI enabled.

But that only lasts for one boot, Windows will recognize the drive again on the next startup.
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post #5 of 19
You can try removing the drive letter assignment in Disk Management.
Edited by bfe_vern - 6/18/11 at 11:52am
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post #6 of 19
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Why not just get a hot swap bay?
I don't want to spend as much as possible atm.

If there's a "free" way why not? Like via software or BIOS xD
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You can use your device manager. Control Panel -> System and Security -> System -> Device Manager -> Disk drives. Select hard drive X and Disable.

EDIT: I think you can disable them in your BIOS as well. Don't remember if you can for sure, but I don't see why you couldn't.
You think it's completely safe?

Has anyone tried this before?

i would hate wiping these drives xD
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post #8 of 19
u can make a DIY double pole double throw switch for the molex wires to the hdd, 5v and 12v wires, if u know how to....
since sata supports hot plug, u can power up and power down the hdds with the switch.
post #9 of 19
Haven't tried it, but shouldn't format your hdd. Simply because that isn't the function you are telling the computer to do. By disabling the drive, your are just telling windows not to read that hdd from that sata port. You can always go back into your manager and reactivate that drive at a later time.
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u can make a DIY double pole double throw switch for the molex wires to the hdd, 5v and 12v wires, if u know how to....
since sata supports hot plug, u can power up and power down the hdds with the switch.
Sounds great bit too much of a hassle for me.

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Originally Posted by waldoh74 View Post
Haven't tried it, but shouldn't format your hdd. Simply because that isn't the function you are telling the computer to do. By disabling the drive, your are just telling windows not to read that hdd from that sata port. You can always go back into your manager and reactivate that drive at a later time.
Thanks for the confidence boost.. might try it when gaming.. and see if it really lessens the stutters.
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