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Old 07-17-2019, 02:50 PM   #1
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My PC (Win10) has several hard drives. One drive is a weekly clone of my "C" drive, used as a ready-to-use backup if the C dive gets corrupted.

I get concerned reading about ransomware when all drives get encrypted and become inaccessible.

So, I would be interested in an simple solution to power down the clone drive and restart it ahead of the weekly cloning operation. I use Macrium Reflect for backup and cloning.

Would the best solution be to go to Device Management and use that to stop the drive? Doing the same to restart. Would prefer a solution that allows use of a batch file to execute stop and restart operations.

Appreciate any suggestions.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:43 PM   #2
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You could just unplug the power to the drive.
If that is inconvenient get a internal removable Hard Drive caddy https://www.amazon.com/ORICO-1106SS-...gateway&sr=8-4 remove the drive when not needed.
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Re: Spunk.funk ....

Interesting option this removable HD caddy. Unaware these existed. As I read the description, it has a power button on the front which powers on/off the drive, so I would not need to remove the drive, just power it off using the button! Great concept!

Thank you for the suggestion, and for less than $20!
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