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  1. Kol12's Avatar
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    Disconnect non OS drives (C:) during installation.


    Does anybody know if there is a way to disconnect drives (other than the current OS C: drive) without physically unplugging them? I get confused when I see the other drive partitions where I'm going to install Windows but I also find physically unplugging the drives a pain. Is this possible with some motherboard BIOS or can be done through Windows or the installation media?
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    You can disable them in the bios, but they still might show up, You`d have to test. I just pull the sata power cable off.
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    AddRAM said:
    You can disable them in the bios, but they still might show up, You`d have to test. I just pull the sata power cable off.
    I'll have to check in my BIOS but as you say you won't know for sure whether they're still there until you reach the drive/partioning part of the Windows installation. Thanks Brian.
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    Kol12 said:
    Does anybody know if there is a way to disconnect drives (other than the current OS C: drive) without physically unplugging them? I get confused when I see the other drive partitions where I'm going to install Windows but I also find physically unplugging the drives a pain. Is this possible with some motherboard BIOS or can be done through Windows or the installation media?
    Acronis Disk Director 12 does exactly this - been using it for years
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  5. Kol12's Avatar
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    arthill said:
    Acronis Disk Director 12 does exactly this - been using it for years
    Sorry exactly what?
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    It`s not free, I looked at the link. I love it when someone tells you about a program and doesn`t post a link.

    Acronis Disk Director 12

    https://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/disk-manager/
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    Kol12 said:
    Sorry exactly what?
    This!
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    Matt, you might be able to do it in Disk Management, if you right click on "Online" the drop down has "Offline" listed.

    No Idea what it will do.
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    Kol12 said:
    Does anybody know if there is a way to disconnect drives (other than the current OS C: drive) without physically unplugging them? I get confused when I see the other drive partitions where I'm going to install Windows but I also find physically unplugging the drives a pain. Is this possible with some motherboard BIOS or can be done through Windows or the installation media?

    The main reason we put up with the inconvenience of disconnecting the other drives manually, is that it is SAFER.
    ANY software solution for this issue, can glitch or fail. Probably won't, but you never know.

    Physically disconnecting them, means that there is no possible way, the disconnected drives can be overwritten.
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  10. Kol12's Avatar
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    Ghot said:
    The main reason we put up with the inconvenience of disconnecting the other drives manually, is that it is SAFER.
    ANY software solution for this issue, can glitch or fail. Probably won't, but you never know.

    Physically disconnecting them, means that there is no possible way, the disconnected drives can be overwritten.
    If there was a safe way to do it with software and someone had did it successfully that is what I am wanting to know. But you are probably right, pulling the plug is fail safe.
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