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IDE & power cables connection questions

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by stormie2000, Jun 14, 2007.

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  1. stormie2000

    stormie2000 Thread Starter

    Jan 7, 2006
    hi guys again

    I was thinking if this is bad or not. Like for my pc setup, I have a bad habit of disconnecting my backup HDDs[3 of em] and reconnecting (ide+power wires)them just to transfer files, whats the point of having them connecting 12-24 hours a day if im not going to use them so thats why I have them disc., mainly for backup purposes.

    Is it ok just to leave the IDE cable connected without the power wire connected(Really dont wanna disconnect ide cable out of my seagate one, afraid the pin might get ruined again)while my pc is running? I only use 2 main hdds on my bottom racket. Other 3 are just backups. Or to any IDE hardware with ide cable connected without power?.

    Recently just fixed my seagate drive with pliers, I mentioned in another thread, where it was pushed in the pin, and when i pulled it out it clicked, now working full speed I suppose, now just need to test it out some more to be sure cause before with the pin pushed in it was like 1/4 of its speed only.
  2. rogers55


    Mar 25, 2000
    You can disconnect the power and not the IDE cable without causing any problems. It will not detect a drive that is not powered.
    Another solutions is to use a removable drive caddy. That way you can just insert the desired drive and remove it when you are done (after shutting down the computer of course).

  3. griffinspc


    Nov 16, 2001
    For what it's worth I would not trust that Seagate ever again with any important data, backup or not. Drives are cheap these days and any drive with pin damage that caused it to slow or have any erratic behavior is a failure waiting to happen.
  4. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
    Not sure that it is a good odea to unplug power and leave ide cable on as some boards will still sense the drive is there due to presence of ide cable and search for it...that could slow things down.
    How about getting external cases and using them as either usb or firewire drives.
    I mean personally I would never shut them off, hurts nothing and more chance of error turning them on again.
  5. essial


    Jun 14, 2007
    Leaving your power unplugged will be fine; I've done it for years without problems.
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