Loads of IDE HDs to check

I've got about 25 old IDE hard drives with bits and pieces of data, that I want to copy to one location.

I've got a Win7 PC open with an IDE and power lead loose, for connection of the drives one by one.

Do I have to the turn the Win7 PC off every time I want to remove one drive and connect another
or is there some method of safely semi-"Hot Swapping" ?
(e.g. only remove/insert the IDE lead when the power in disconnected).
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAsked:
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IDE doesn't support hotswapping (not without advanced hardware!). So yes, the PC has to be OFF every time you swap the disk.

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I use a USB drive case for things like that.  You can power down the drive case without powering down the computer.
EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dave, but the two old IDE USB caddies that I have, have ceased to function .... I get the ding-dong sound but the HD is not seen and the purchase of a new one would not be justified.

It looks like 25 shut downs!

Off topic .... are all questions now automatically 500 points or is this temporary?
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I think I saw a blog post that the points system has been adjusted:

Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
If your primary drives are SATA, you can connect 2 drives per IDE cable, taking care with the jumpers, of course.  You might only need 12 and a half shutdowns....
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Netminder has said several times that all tech questions were supposed to be 500 points for years and no one got around to changing it.
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