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Old 08-14-2004, 06:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question disable a hard drive

Is there a way of disabling a hard drive while the computer is active? I have a removable hard drive rack to allow me to switch storage drives but every time I want to swap it I need to switch the computer off.

Does anyone know of software of hardware to allow me to do this?

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Old 08-14-2004, 09:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wont windows XP do this for you, in the remove hardward in the bottom right hand corner of the start bar? It looks like a green arrow....

Windows Loaded .... System In Danger.

Keyboard Not Found .... Press F9 To Continue.
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Old 08-14-2004, 01:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think that's only for USB devices... My digital cameral, MP3 player, and all my game pads work that way... but my old parallel-port drives (old ZIP100 drive, old external CD-ROM unit, etc), have to be removed while the PC is powered down.

EDIT: I forgot it's for PCMCIA cards as well. And it's not just WinXP, my Win98 laptop does it too.

I believe the term for this is "Hot Swap" and as far as I know parallel port devices are not Hot Swappable.

Assuming Chris's setup is external and uses a parallel port.
If it's internal, using any of the standard internal ports (IDE, SCSI, etc) then no, you can't disable it while the comp's running.
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Old 08-14-2004, 02:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You are looking for a RAID array.


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