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I have my three extra/storage hard drives powered by a hot wired PSU.

Sometimes I keep them off so my siblings don't dig around in them and mess my stuff up. Is it bad for my computer for me to just hot wire the PSU while the computer is already on and running? Will the hard drives be detected and show up in windows?

Reason being, I have to turn off my computer, hot wire the other PSU and then turn the computer back on, just so I can listen to my music...
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I personally woudnt do it myself. But as far as damage I cant tell you.
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Well SATA 2 drives are hot pluggable, so if they are that it should be fine, don't know about SATA 1.5 drives though.
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Can't you just disable them in device manager?
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post #6 of 13
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they are IDE lmao.

there are only two of them now, but I am still wondering if it damaging to the drives..

Is there like a batch file that I can run that hides them or turns them off to windows, but still leaves them powered? that would be pretty neato.

thanks for the bump.
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post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by lavieinjuste View Post
they are IDE lmao.

there are only two of them now, but I am still wondering if it damaging to the drives..

Is there like a batch file that I can run that hides them or turns them off to windows, but still leaves them powered? that would be pretty neato.

thanks for the bump.
What difference does them being IDE make?
I used to disable drives all of the time via device manager.
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I was referring to the post where they said that SATA drives were hot swappable
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post #10 of 13
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I have my three extra/storage hard drives powered by a hot wired PSU.

Sometimes I keep them off so my siblings don't dig around in them and mess my stuff up. Is it bad for my computer for me to just hot wire the PSU while the computer is already on and running? Will the hard drives be detected and show up in windows?

Reason being, I have to turn off my computer, hot wire the other PSU and then turn the computer back on, just so I can listen to my music...
This may have already been suggested, but I would padlock your case. Most cases have the slot for one.
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