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Hotswapping HDs w/o RAID

By tbolt17 ·
one day at work, i had this brainstorm of using some of the removable HD trays i've got laying around to install into a system and using it as virus scanner / disk utilities machine. see, the object was to create a nice system that could run multiple scans + maintenance tools on multiple drives at a time w/o bringing the whole system down to swap drives each time.

now i understand that SATA drives support hot-swapping and as much as i would like to make my removable HDD tray a SATA one, unfortunately most of my clients all have IDE drives. i do understand however, that when you have your IDE drives behind a RAID card, that they benefit from being hotswappable.

so i was wondering if it was possible for me to install a RAID card and have the removable HDD trays attached to that card become hotswappable, w/o including or forcing them to be a part of an actual RAID array?

i don't want to destroy the data already on them, just find an easier and more efficient way of doing my job.

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by ahar In reply to Hotswapping HDs w/o RAID

The weak point - I suggest - is the power-supply of the HD. E.g. using linux it should be no problem unmounting any HD from the root-tree. But taking the HD out means to cut off the power-supply and depending on the HD and tray this can be a killer, maybe not the first time.

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by D_V Ant In reply to Hotswapping HDs w/o RAID

Buy a couple of external USB cases and install your drives in them. They are hot swappable and you do not have to worry about the possibility of frying the drive you would have with the removable trays nor would you have to install the drive bays into the PCs.

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