> Sorry if I came off that way. I just meant to point out to the fellow
> that IDE hard drives normally (always?) spin up by themselves at boot
> time. It looked to me as though that was the occasion he was
Well, no if you don't configure that drive in bios. That is *very*
handy - you just don't tell bios about some drives. That way, you can
boot either with or without drives attached, linux will not complain
as it does no autodetection, BIOS will not complain since it does not
even try to look after that drives...
...of course, this is no longer needed when all modern bioses do
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