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Old 04-10-2006, 12:09   #1
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Sata drives

Can you swap and change sata drives while your computer is running?
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:14   #2
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yeap, its hot swappable, but not the windows drive.

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Old 04-10-2006, 12:26   #3
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I wouldn't risk it, even if your motherboard stipulates that hot swap is supported there is always a risk of drive damage when plugging the power connector in with the machine powered on or even the power supply going pop.

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Old 04-10-2006, 12:47   #4
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I'm sure you could find an application that "parks" your hard drive, effectively turning it off (it no longer spins).

Then it should be fairly safe to unplug the SATA connector and plug your new one in (this is assuming both are plugged into the PSU in the first place).

As fabbers said it's a bit dodgy to unplug power connectors when the PSUs running.
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Old 04-10-2006, 14:38   #5
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Depends on the controller rather than the disk

Can't see why plugging/unplugging things from the psu whilst its on will damage it, I've been doing for over a decade at work (I use them for dev work), never had a failure yet.

Otherwise, hot swap drives and similar removable things would be a no no.
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Can't see why plugging/unplugging things from the psu whilst its on will damage it, I've been doing for over a decade at work (I use them for dev work), never had a failure yet.
It's more of a precaution rather then the law, although I admit I've never heard of anyone frying something this way. The risk is probably unplugging it, and then accidentally shorting something (either directly or indirectly with something else, cufflinks or a watch perhaps?)
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devcon.exe is the Windows app that you want - it does the same as the 'remove hardware' icon, but for any device, even ones that Windows doesn't recognise as PnP. It'll clear any cached reads or writes and spin the drive down.
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sorry to drag up a old thread but has any body used something like this

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...e=UTF8&seller=

"StarTech.com Serial ATA Drive Drawer with Shock Absorbers - Professional series - Storage bay adapter with fan - black "

which features hot swapping!
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