Would be great if someone could help me with this: I have 2 hard drives connected on the same IDE ribbon cable - one of them is quite old but I don't want to lose whats on the other one, and wanted to disable it if possible when it's not needed. In the 'main' bios screen I can change the primary master from 'auto' (the hard drive setting) to 'none'. Would this keep this hard drive safe from viruses + hackers from both the internet AND the other hard drive?
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If you changed it from auto to none, it probably woudlnt work in windows at all. Your telling the BIOS that no hard drive is there so it wont detect the hard drive.
Normally, virii and spyware wont install on any other hard drive but C: as that is the most active hard drive and were all the important data resides. Just keep a backup of the old hard drive in case of the unavoidable and you should be fine.
I do not think this is possible since the bios identifies all active HDD during POST. I under stand where you are coming from but disconnecting is the most appropriate option you have two available.
Option 1 you can disconnect the IDE cable this isolates the data and keeps the drive spinning to avoid the problems that Option 2 may create. If the drives are attached using the older 40 core cable there is no more to do. If you have the drive attached with the newer 80 core cable used for ATA 100 and greater ensure the remaining drive is attached to the end connector. If you have been using this arrangement you will never have benefitted from the faster drive since the data transfers are compatible but the IDE bus is mediated and defaults to the slowest drive. That means if you have an ATA 66 drive the faster ATA 100 will function at the ATA 66 transfer rate this problem was most apparent with early CD drives.
Option 2 you could leave the data cable connected but disconnect the power cable. Here the problem is that the older drive may have difficulty restarting after a long period of inactivity then you have to use let us freeze the drive process it works.
These options allow relatively easy access to older data. the data remains at risk being older. Other Alternatives are to copy the data to the main drive after purging some of the junk that inevitably accumulates or make 2 CD/DVD copies of the data.
Thanks for your replies. So it seems the only way is to remove the connectors to the hard drive? I had thought about this but don't want to wear out the connectors, which I thought could happen if I removed them a lot. Does anyone know of another way in bios or anywhere to completely remove a hard drive from a system temporarily?
you may just want to spend the $20 on a ide>usb2/firewire external enclosure and put the drive in it instead of your case.
the drive will now connect via usb or firewire and have an on/off switch.
keep in mind that a external drive should be connected to usb 2 ports on the motherboard or firewire.. if you use usb 1.0/1.1 it will be horribly slow
Ok thanks. I was just hopeful that it could be done in bios. Mainly because when one drive is disabled, it does not get recognized in 'my computer' at all, so I thought by doing this it meant that viruses/hackers etc could not get to it either.
When you access ther drive through explorer it is basically as a user. Sophisitcated programming does access as system srvices which is effectively a level above Admininistrator and bypasses many inbuilt protective measures . The only true securityis eithe no connection or "data diode" boxes that allow sensitive information to hide behind very smart switching and isolates that network from the Internet at large. These are used by banks and government departments. For us plebs the only safety is an airwall with no physical or wireless connection