No, that would have to be disabled in software.
not knowing which distro you are using, I can only tell you how to do it in slackware, which is fairly straightforward.
chmod 000 rc.hotplug
this will make the hotplug executable non-executable......................
Of course, to accomplish this, you will still have to boot from other media and mount your drives (you did make a boot floppy didn't you??)
I'd reccommend one of the hundred or so CD based distros out there to boot from if you've got no other choice. My personal favorite is the system rescue CD which can be obtained from sourceforge
If you'll let me know which distro you are using, I can attempt better instruction on where to disable hotplugging. I don't know if it works for everyone, but it certainly worked for me in this case.