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Old 11-24-2009, 07:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question manually park sata or IDE HDD's

is there a way to manually dismount a local Hard drive? like i think DOS had parkdisk or something. what i want to do is forcoe a HDD dismount of lets say an "F:" drive that is connected by a SATA cable or IDE Cable. i have tried "popd F:" but i dont think the heads were parked.


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Old 11-24-2009, 08:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: manually park sata or IDE HDD's

A hard drive has a safety feature in it to automatically park the heads immediatly if power is pulled, you just have to inform the OS that the drive is to no longer be accessed when pulling it... This is for all recent hard drives, only ones I know of that had to be parked manually are them old ones that had a stator motor, i think it's a stator? Can't really remember, it's the same type of system floppie drives use... lol
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: manually park sata or IDE HDD's

that might be the case but if i just remove power from a SATA or IDE HDD & then connect it to a linux box i get the old dirty dismount and says to connect it back to a windows system & run chkdsk. i know i can use "sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdc1 /mnt/external -o force" but i would like to avoid that by dismounting it thru windows first without shutting the windows system down

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