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Hi all, I have 2 hard rives on my PC one is the slave, I was going to put in a plain old toggle switch to shut off power to the slave drive when not in use...But if the drive gets switched "on" while PC is powered up, would that be a terrible thing? I know you need to power down b4 plugging in a HD, but what about this method?

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It depends on the interface ("connector") of the hard drive.
If it's USB (external) or SATA -- the interface used by most computers today -- then hotswapping is possible and you can safely plug it in. Before switching it off though, make sure that the computer is not writing or reading any data on the disk.
If it's IDE, plugging the hard drive in or turning it off while the computer is running can damage the HDD or the computer.

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