This is a question for one of you hardware guru's.
I like to use a second drive solely as a backup for important stuff on my main drive. Since I only backup stuff every week or so, I just unplug the drive so as to take some load off my power supply, less noise and heat, and because having a drive that is used only for 15mins a week running constantly is just plain stupid IMHO.
Anyway, I've been unplugging both the ribbon cable and the power cable every time I disconnect it. The system is located in a place where there's not a lot of light and it's a pain to have to use a flashlight to see the ribbon connector to get it in each time.
My question is this: Is it possible for the Bios to "pick up" this drive from time to time just by being plugg'd into the ribbon cable without power to it? And, does anyone see any reason why I can't just leave the ribbon cable plugg'd in and disconnect the power?
Looking forward to hearing from some of you hardware "engineers" on this one.