Windows7 questions


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Peter Jason

Does Windows7 allow:

Switching off/on extraneous installed HDDs while the
computer is running?


Have a faxing facility which allows blocking of junk faxes?
(like email & newsgroups.)


Regards
 
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Augustus

Peter Jason said:
Does Windows7 allow:

Switching off/on extraneous installed HDDs while the
computer is running?


Have a faxing facility which allows blocking of junk faxes? (like email &
newsgroups.)


Regards
Kind of. Power setting options can turn them off after a set time. They
can't be literally turned off manually by software. External drives can, of
course. Settings can be found at Power Options / Change Plan Settings /
Advanced Settings / Hard Disk
You can't block junk faxes with the included Windows fax utility...
 
N

Nil

Does Windows7 allow:

Switching off/on extraneous installed HDDs while the
computer is running?
What's an "extraneous" HDD?

You can eject external drives.
Have a faxing facility which allows blocking of junk faxes?
(like email & newsgroups.)
No. That's usually a function of the fax modem.
 
P

Peter Jason

Nil said:
What's an "extraneous" HDD?

You can eject external drives.

"Extraneous HDD" is one used occasionally for backup and
other storage purposes. We have spare HDDs in the
computer, but want to turn them off between use, without
powering down, to make them last longer and to save some
power.

External drives have slower data-transfer rates, though we
use these for off-site backups.

It's incredible that Windows can't do this simple thing!






No. That's usually a function of the fax modem.
Do you know of any modem with the ability to "filter in" fax
numbers? We are bombarded with junk faxes. We'll pay
anything!
 
P

Peter Jason

Augustus said:
Kind of. Power setting options can turn them off after a
set time. They can't be literally turned off manually by
software. External drives can, of course. Settings can be
found at Power Options / Change Plan Settings / Advanced
Settings / Hard Disk

Is this better than the options in XP pro?
It's so annoying to have to plug/unplug HDDs.
 
J

Jackie

Is this better than the options in XP pro?
It's so annoying to have to plug/unplug HDDs.
You don't need to unplug them. It's *just* like Augustus said. You don't
have to turn it off manually. You don't have to do anything but not
access the drive for a set period of time before it automatically turns
off. The same option is in XP as well. :)
 
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SC Tom

Peter Jason said:
"Extraneous HDD" is one used occasionally for backup and other storage
purposes. We have spare HDDs in the computer, but want to turn them off
between use, without powering down, to make them last longer and to save
some power.

External drives have slower data-transfer rates, though we use these for
off-site backups.

It's incredible that Windows can't do this simple thing!

**** But it can! Three replies have it explained it. All you have to do is
implement it :)

Do you know of any modem with the ability to "filter in" fax numbers? We
are bombarded with junk faxes. We'll pay anything!
**** Most fax machines have the ability to block incoming numbers, and I
would think any number of fax modems also, but I haven't worked with modems
in a number of years.
In order for the fax machine to be able to block, you have to have caller
I.D. enabled on your phone service. Then the number can be added to the
Block Junk Fax list in the fax machine.
I know of no machine that will arbitrarily block faxes like junk email
filters do with a particular content since a fax machine doesn't "read" the
fax as it's coming in. Possibly a fax service would have that function. Call
your phone company and see if they have anything like that, or if they know
of anyone in your area that does.
 
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Peter Jason

Jackie said:
You don't need to unplug them. It's *just* like Augustus
said. You don't have to turn it off manually. You don't
have to do anything but not access the drive for a set
period of time before it automatically turns off. The same
option is in XP as well. :)

But this is for *all* drives no? If I have three HDDs in
the computer bays and I want to turn 2 of them on/off at
varying times *without rebooting* can I do this with
Windows7?

I have my main HDD, and two others for
backups/photos&movies, the latter two I access occasionally.
I want to turn on/off these latter two without having to
turn off the computer.

Can Windows7 do this?
 

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