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Disk Management - Online/Offline function/Dual Disk OS

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    Disk Management - Online/Offline function/Dual Disk OS


    Hi

    Question before I proceed please :

    Have 2 hard drives (SSDs).

    Drive 1 : OS Win 8.1 for general web, office and junk running
    Drive 2 : OS Win 8.1 for tweaked hobby work; Audio recording etc

    Whilst I wish to not physically disconnect the drives on each boot. I would like to have the alternative drive hidden and not impacted when the other drive is running for the OS.

    Boot up from Drive 1 this currently shows as Drive C: and the secondary drive with the OS installed as D:
    Boot up from Drive 2 this currently shows as Drive C: and the secondary drive with the OS installed as D:

    End aim

    Boot up from Drive 1 this currently shows as Drive C: and the secondary drive with the OS installed not running or showing on the system and vice versa.

    Is the online offline function what I need to use or is this going to put the drive offline for the system as a whole.

    Thanks for your help.

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  2. #2


    You can go to Disk management and remove the drive letter for "D".
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    Thanks for the response. I have read about this solution.

    I was wondering if the online/offline option would do the same or have any impact?
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    When boot from Drive 1, put Drive 2 offline
    When boot from Drive 2, put Drive 1 offline

    Putting a drive offline will remove the drive letter(s) assigned to the disk.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    When boot from Drive 1, put Drive 2 offline
    When boot from Drive 2, put Drive 1 offline

    Putting a drive offline will remove the drive letter(s) assigned to the disk.
    So for absolute clarity, they both result in the same outcome with out any detriment in actions.

    Thanks again
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