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Virtually disconnect an internal hard drive.

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If I want to disconnect an external hard drive, I simply remove its cable from the USB port. Is it possible to do the same thing virtually with an internal hard drive?

For example, suppose you've got a large capacity internal hard drive full of old data or data you only need to access on occasion. And suppose that otherwise, you'd like to have that drive disconnected (i.e. so it is not participating in any computing processes such as searches, etc.).

Is that possible and if so, what are the steps?


Specs (2013-02-28):
• Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
• Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1090T Processor 3.20 GHz
• Memory: 16.0 GB
• Drive C: Crucial 128GB SATA 6.0Gbps/2.5" Solid State Drive (CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1)
• Drive D: LG 12x SATA Blu-ray Writer Drive (WH12LS30K)
• Drive E: WD 500GB SATA 6.0Gbps/7200RPM/16MB/3.5" Internal HD (WD5000AAKX-001CA0)
• Drive F: Hitachi 1TB SATA 3.0Gbps/7200RPM/32MB/3.5" Internal HD (HDS721010CLA332)
• Drive G: Seagate 3TB SATA 6.0Gbps/7200RPM/64MB/3.5" Internal HD (ST3000DM001-9YN166)
• Video: ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
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