From the german forums: a guy is asking, why it is not possible anymore to view drives, that have been turned off.
Until version 220.127.116.11 he was able to have the items keeping displayed, even after a external drive (Firewire or USB) has been turned off (maybe for saving energy, some drives have that feature built in). More recent versions are showing an empty tab instead. He´d like to know, if it is possible to reenable this function.
Does Explorer (or a DOS prompt) do the same thing?
AFAIK, Opus just asks Windows for the directory listing. That would normally cause the drive to spin-up if it was off at the time.
(Off drives -- as in one which have turned off for powersaving -- aren't the same as offline network drives, though, if that's what we're talking about instead.)
It clearly sounded like if it´s some special property of Opus only, so i assume that neither of them could do that. Obviously Opus kept the content in its cache, so as long as it wasn´t updated (which explorer would perhaps do instantly & lose the display of the files), he could still peek at the contents of the offline drive, that´s what he found particularly handy. I could ask him, though.
Also he meant drives, that are switched off (maybe manually), but not offline network drives, since he mentioned firewire & USB.