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    I have a big PC with 8 disk drives. I want to replace one of them (drive F). Is there some easy way to tell which one it is? or do I disconnect them one at a time, re-boot, and see which one is missing? Or is it safe to simply pull the power plug while the machine is running, and see which one disappears?
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    Do not simply pull the plug. You may simply corrupt the HD. Is there a way to see the HD size on the HDs? You may be able to tell which drive is which by comparing the size shown in My Computer with the physical size you can see on the actual drives. I know of no way to identify which drive is which from within the OS. Once you figure things out I would label the different HDs somehow, tape, magic marker, some way.
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    Definitely don't pull the power plug while the computer is on.
    or do I disconnect them one at a time, re-boot, and see which one is missing?
    Ted has a good idea in marking your drives for future reference, but if you can't recall their placement, I suspect you will have to go through them one at a time.
    If your lucky and your board's SATA ports are labeled, starting with "drive 0", you may be able to reconcile this from the BIOS, or Windows Drive Manager. That's a big maybe.
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    1. Disconnect all drives except drive 1.
    2. Boot Linux from a CD and read the disk. Save details using manual writing implements.
    3. Shutdown.
    4. Diconnect drive 1 and connect drive 2.
    5. Go to step 1........

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    In the future, choose a meaningful name for each drive when you format it. For example - Tray 1 Partition 0, Tray 1 Partition 1, Tray 2 ect. Once you determine drive letter, physical drive mapping, you can change the drive name by using Windows explorer. Right click on the logical drive and select properties. You can change the drive name there.

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    Unless all of your drives are alike, this utility will give you enough detail on each to ID it from its label.
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    Also PCWizard could be of useful help.

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