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2 harddrives mmmm?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by deanr, Feb 5, 2005.

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  1. deanr

    deanr Thread Starter

    Oct 17, 2002
    Hola Guys ! K got 2 hdds + like to shutdown older secondary drive what exactly does this entail ? When i`ve gotten virus`s they`ve infected both drives which was a pain. Like to have secondary drive dormant so at least i can have it as a back up to rely on . By the way have 98se copied on secondary drive for this purpose as a backup. Am i asking 2 much here? Thx people appreciate any tips ! Dean :D
  2. dna2005


    Feb 5, 2005
    I suppose you might be able to do this in bios settings?

    I am having my own problems with bios lol so I cant tell you how :rolleyes:

    But I would think it could be done there??

    Hope someone else can give you more details. you could always open the ststem up and pull the power on the drive. a bit drastic and Im sure its not what you want....

    Sorry I cant be any more help..
  3. Skivvywaver


    Mar 18, 2001
    I think the easiest and maybe the only way is to open the case and disconnect it. The bios is going to pick it up if it is connected and I have never seen a setting in any bios to disable a hard drive.
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Put the second drive in a $25 external USB 2.0 case. You can turn it on when you want to access it, and shut it down the rest of the time. My USB/Firewire drives spend 99% of their life turned off, I just fire them up for backups.
  5. rebelmusic


    Feb 4, 2005
    You could just set that ide channel to none in the bios if it allows it, or to a user defined h/d that doesnt match your one.

    Just tried on mine, worked ok
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