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Old May 25, 2003, 07:14 PM
bnbhoha bnbhoha is offline
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Default Can use a toggle switch to turn off my second hard drive when it's not in use?

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I'm going to put a second hard drive in mostly to backup my mp3 and picture files. I will also being using this drive to rip movies to and later burn on dvd-r. Now I was wondering, since I'm not going to use it much (Maybe once a week), and I don't have a removable drive bay, could I set it up so that I can hook up a switch that would turn the drive on and off so that I can decrease the wear & tear on the drive? I would like to prolong the life of the hard drive- and with the switch off, the head and internal parts will not have any unnecessary wear and my hard drive should last over 10+ years.

If I decide to do this and it is possible to do this, which wire should I use. I believe there are 4 wires and I'm thinking of either the red or black wire for the switch. Any advise is appreciated. Thank you.
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Old May 25, 2003, 07:21 PM
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You could do it, but I wouldn't. A hard drive can die right away or last for years and years. Most hard drives will last for longer than you keep them, just check out Ebay, and you'll want a bigger one before it goes. In 10 years, whatever drive you have now will be way out of date, and so will the PC it's attached to. Think pre-win 95, and before gig hd's were out. You could always get a USB drive or USB ext. enclosure and unplug it, when not in use. I think that would be easier...........It's your drive, but thats my 2 cents............
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Old May 25, 2003, 07:34 PM
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ide drives in ten years... i don't think so.

i've never done it but wouldn't windoze get confused? you might have to reboot every time you flick the switch.

get a double pole switch and switch both yellow and red wires. thats how i'd do it.
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Old May 25, 2003, 08:14 PM
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When the drive isn't in use, it's not going to getting any real wear and tear anyway ... other than what you [i]can't[/i] stop just by flicking a switch. Keep in mind that the inside of a PC gets quite hot and even when that drive is off, it's going to be sitting in a hot case. If you have your OS set properly, you can stop the drive from spinning up when not is use and it's much easier than a switch ... and as littlejack said, Windows would likely get confused anyway.
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Old May 25, 2003, 08:18 PM
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PATA drives do not support hot switching. If however you are talking about a SCSI or a SATA drive then it should work fine.

PATA drives aren't worth much anyway, so I wouldn't worry.
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Old May 25, 2003, 09:03 PM
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"If you have your OS set properly, you can stop the drive from spinning up when not is use and it's much easier than a switch "

How would I do this? I'm thinking about doing the above now or buying an enclosure case- but I don't think their worth $45.
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