Sata Drive Hot-swapping

By musicfret
Jan 2, 2007
  1. Hello Everybody, I'm A Little Confused Over An Issue With My Sata Drive. I Just Installed A 120 Gig Maxtor Sata Drive In A Removable Tray. My Understanding Is You Can Insert And Remove It While The Computer Is Running, That's Why It's Called "hot". I Can't Get Mine To Work That Way. I'm Pretty Sure I Have It Configured In The Bios Correctly. I Know The Drive Works, Because When I Leave It In During Boot Up The Computer Cna See It And I Can Transfer Data To It With No Problem. When I Try To Remove It When I'm Done The Computer Locks Up!!! Somebody Please Tell Me What I Might Have Missed?? Granyed It Works Fine ....just Not The Way It's Suppose To!!??
  2. gavilan

    gavilan TS Rookie Posts: 62

    Hello Musicfret,

    While The Original Sata Specification Allowed For Hot Swapping, Most Consumer-Grade Chipsets Do Not Support It, Even Though The Connectors Are Mechanically Designed For It. That Is Probably Why Your System Locks Up, Since The Chipsets Are Designed To Mimic Many Aspects Of Ide In Order To Maintain Backwards Compatibility. If You Absolutely Need Hot-Swap Functionality, Go With A Server Board.

    I Would Also Recommend Getting Your Keyboard Checked Out, As Your Shift Key Is No Doubt Pretty Worn Out By Now.
  3. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    don't forget to 'eject' the hdd or use the Safely remove devices icon before unplugging your HDD
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    check with motherboard manufact. about chipset controller driver for hotswap
    you need the safe-t driver ???
  5. musicfret

    musicfret TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sata Hot Swap

    Hey, Thanks For The Info. I'm Running A P4p800 Asus Motherboard. I Think I'll Give Them A Call And See If The Board Supports Hot Swapping Or If They're Drivers I Need.... Thanks Again.everyone!
  6. gavilan

    gavilan TS Rookie Posts: 62

    nO probleM. alwayS glaD tO helP.
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