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Boot issue with faulty HDD


lenjam

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I have a faulty 2nd 150 gb HDD backup which I use for various music files etc, it is 10+ years old and is now on its last legs it seems to be stopping & restarting in a cycle.How do I disable it? as it is messing up the boot sequence and I am having to go through the repair/restart and all that carry on and I can't access the content as it 'hangs.' Task Manager cannot even end the process. The files are not important and I know I will remove the faulty drive eventually. How do I disable it in the first instance?

Thanks in advance

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gengiscant

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Open the case and remove the power cable to the hard-drive, though why you do not just remove the drive escapes me, if as you say it is on its last legs?

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rawprawn

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As genius ant says, it would be better to take the drive out. If you want to rescue any files on it try it in an enclosure.

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rawprawn

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Sorry gengiscant, you know what my fingers are like!

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gengiscant

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Genius ant! I love it Rawprawn

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northumbria61

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gengiscant - better that being an agony aunt I suppose!

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lenjam

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Thanks Guys, ...I did eventually remove the hard drive after copying all folders. It was an interim solution I was looking for in the first instance. I didn't want to interrupt what I was doing as I was on a short timeline to deliver work I hadto complete. All good and done now

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