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Best way to toggle off/on internal HDDs?

I want a bunch of HDDs for storage in my computer, but I want to be able to turn them off when I don’t want the noise. Yes, I run Linux. What’s the most elegant way to stop them from spinning when not in use? Some kind of hard power switch wired to the outside of the case? Some sleep command? Sometimes they won’t be in use for weeks.
Thanks!

Wouldn’t a NAS be a better idea for that?

As soon as they are unmounted they will go to sleep because there’s no access.

Just set them up so they don’t automount.

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