How to Check if a Hot Swap Drive is Compatible?

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       #31

    The switch provides power to the disk in the caddy. It has nothing to with any disks you have inside the machine. So you will have to press the switch before starting the machine if you want to boot into the disk in the caddy.

    If you are already booted into a different disk, then you could press the switch and the disk in the caddy appears in explorer just like any other, you can copy to and from it, etc. Then it can be ejected with the safely remove icon or whatever it is called nowadays and then turn the swich off.

    How to Check if a Hot Swap Drive is Compatible?-eject-removable.jpg
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       #32

    How are you going to Shut down the Main Drive in the Computer? Let's call this Disk # 1. The only way is to shut down an internal disk that is booted into Windows is to shut the computer down, open the case and Unplug the power plug to Disk #1

    For your scenario You will need two caddy's installed IN the computer.
    One Caddy has Disk #1 in it, with your original Windows OS on it.
    The Second Caddy has Disk #2 in it with the same version of Windows 10 on it.
    If you want to Boot to Disk #1 only, With the computer off, slide Caddy #2 slightly out of the tray so it is no longer connected to the computer, or if it has a power button, power it off.
    When you start the computer, the only bootable drive with Windows on it will be Disk #1.
    If you get online to the internet, Disk #1 will be slightly vulnerable to Malware and Viruses as all internet devices are. If you download any files, do any App and or Windows Updates, they will not be able to be shared by Disk #2 because it is not powered on. Also, if Disk #1 becomes infected, it will not spread to Disk #2, again because it is not power on.
    If you want to boot into Disk #2, You have to Shut the computer down, Slightly pull Caddy tray #1 out or power it off. Now with Disk #2's Caddy in or powered on, start the computer.
    Disk #2 will boot the computer with the same version of Windows 10. If on the internet, Disk #2 is slightly vulnerable to Malware and Viruses. Again, any Files saved, and or Apps and Windows Updates cannot be shared with Disk #1 because it is not plugged in. If Disk #2 gets infected, it would not spread to Disk #1 because that Disk #1 is powered off.
    To Boot from Disk #1 again, you have to shut down the computer, power off Disk #2, power on Disk #1 and start the computer.
    Both Disks will end up with different saved files, and Windows Updates versions this way, unless you are diligently backing up your files and transfer them to the other disk on a regular basis

    This seems like a lot of effort and will cause a lot of confusion down the line, for no reason.
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  3. Posts : 4,542
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       #33

    It is easy. If you look at the screenshot I am booted into the crucial ssd in one caddy.

    The other disk is in a different caddy.
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