Device disabling is an ability to permanently stop a device. It's
the same as preparing to safe removal but the device will remain disabled
even if you reboot the PC or eject and connect the device again. It's a cool
feature since it allow you to do many things:
- Prevent malware to access your backup drive
- Save power when you do not use your device (see also Power off USB devices on stopping)
- Temporarily get currently unneed drive out of sight
How to disable a device?
Just right click to the device and choose the "Disable device" menu item:
If the device is locked by a process the program will show you
the "Unable to stop" dialog and allows
to unlock and disable it.
When you need to activate the device just click it and it will be returned
to the system: