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[SOLVED] Disabling second hard drive?

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  1. Tara99

    Tara99 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    The second hard drive on this computer is slowly dying. I don't store anything on it, and I'll be mostly using a different computer in about a month. I just want to avoid having to mess around with scandisk the next time there are a lot of bad sectors. (Well, unless that's a dumb idea...) Can I just use the device manager (Windows 98) to remove the disk drive, or is it more complicated than that?
    :eek:

    Thanks!
     
  2. xavier57

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    Hello! First of all, are you sure it is a second hard drive? Maybe it is just a hard drive with two partitions. In case ther are two physical hard drives, removing the defective hard drive is very simple: Open the case and take a look inside. if you see two hard drives, just remove the cable and the power connection attached to the bad one. You may leave the bad hard drive hanging there doing nothing, it won't hurt. Try and reply to see what happens. Good Luck, Xavier57
     
  3. ~Candy~

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    Go to the bios setup and find that drive and set it to NONE.

    By the way, if the hard drive was dying, it wouldn't matter that it had two partitions ;)
     
  4. Tara99

    Tara99 Thread Starter

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    AcaCandy, I just did what you'd suggested & it works, so thank you :)
     
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    You're welcome. Glad to have helped.
     
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