Power Off External Drive

  Dervy 18:39 13 Apr 04

I have just fitted a spare 15gb ide drive into a cheap caddy purached on e-Bay (USB-2)which has a simple on/off power switch.

My question is, is it ok to simply "power-off" using this switch after XP has allowed me to disconnect it via the "Safe to Remove Hardware" facility, as the disc is still spinning. Any way of telling if the heads have retracted safely?


  fuzzyone 18:49 13 Apr 04


The power off button, just cuts the power to the power connector on your h/d, so will not cause any problem whilst switching off.

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