Turn second HD off in XP

October 30, 2010 at 11:47:46
Specs: Win XP, II X4 3.0/3.1
I have two hard drives, one xp the other win7. I have them both connected at the same time and can boot into either xp or win7 because I configured win7 with easybcd. I have turned the xp hd off(offline) in win7 using the disk manager, this is to prevent cross contamination. In xp's disk manager there is no option to turn the win7 hd off(offline), so I disable the hard drive instead and the drives dont display and cant be accessed. But this has the side effect of causing eset start up scan to never stop, using up to 50% of the cpu. So I disabled the start up scan. But ultimately I want to turn the win7 hd off on xp so I dont have to disable the start up scan. Since there is no option in the xp disk manager to turn the hd off, is there a program/s that would achieve this functionality?

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October 30, 2010 at 15:42:41
NTFS file permissions should protect unless you run in admin all the time. Don't do that.

At one time MS tried to make hardware configurations that could be selected at boot. Not sure they ever got that working. Might look into that.

Also one may be able to disable in hardware manager.

Like I said though, proper best practices should protect your system.

Last is an old switch deal for hard drives. May still be found for sata and other drives. Like an old A/B switch.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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October 30, 2010 at 18:12:39
I run in admin all the time. I did say that I disabled the hard disk so it wouldnt show or be accessible but that had the problem of causing eset start up scan to not stop. Probably because its trying to access that hdd and cant.

What would happen to the drives if I didnt run in admin? Would they be password protected? Thats how access would be prevented? but they'd still be visible. I'll just keep the disk disabled and the start up scan disable until I'm able to turn it off like in win7. New psu I have makes it difficult to pull the power plugs and I just want it to be set up software wise instead of manually pulling the plugs like I normally do.

I see someone asked how to do this in vista, I guess only win7 has this feature. Since its software based it should be implementable in xp/vista.

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