How to Check if a Hot Swap Drive is Compatible?

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    Just chiming in -

    I never Hot Swap anything without properly ejecting the device, or powering off first.

    FWIW.

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    I have used hot swap bays, most connecting systems have resulted in drive errors. So best to use internal connections or external drives.
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    My ASUS motherboard has this in the BIOS. I don't know why or how I would ever use this function.
    SATA6G 1-8 Hot-Plug [Enabled]
    Allows you to enable/disable the SATA6G_1-8 hot-plug port(s). Configure options: [Disabled][Enabled]
    Ten or fifteen years ago some computer/motherboards did support eSATA. You could easily hot-swap external SATA hard drives that supported eSATA. Back then eSATA was faster than USB 2.0. Now with USB 3.0 and 3.1 eSATA is no longer needed.

    Note eSATA connectors are different than standard SATA ones. That means special cabled are needed.

    eSATA ports on Gigabyte motherboard

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    eSATA ports on MaCally external enclosure

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       #25

    Hello

    It's part of the sata standard the hot swap. You need to know if your motherboard has implemented it, and know if windows 10/11 supports it.
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    spunk said:
    I didn't say it Couldn't spread to other drives, I said the Possibility is Low that it may spread. With Windows Security (Defender) in Windows, Viruses are not as prevalent as they were in previous versions of Windows, and most Viruses attack the OS and do not infect Data Drives
    Hi spunk.. excuse my late reply. I cant afford a "low possibility." The possibility must be completely non-existent.


    You can only Disable an External Drive in the Device Manager, you can't Disable an Internal drive, that is a Windows Safe Guard against accidentally Disabling the C: Drive.
    Appreciate the reply but I think we're tagging each other with no solution in agreement. So let me tell you what I want and then we can see if thats possible.

    I already have an internal drive and want a secondary drive. I want to ensure that the drives have no risk of cross contamination. I'd like the convenience of alternating drives on, not having both on at the same time. I want to turn one drive on. Then shut it off and then turn on the other drive. Both must be internal. I believe a caddy with a power switch can achieve this.

    Let me know how this can be done. Thanks.
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    I am not aware of any HDD Caddy that has a switch on it.
    The only way to avoid Viruses 100% Completely is to never go on the Internet. Windows Security safeguards against most infection. If you do get infected, then when you scan to remove the infection, you would also scan your Data Drive too, but it is very rare, that an infection would jump to a Data drive.

    You say you want to have 2 drives, and turning off your main drive, which would be your Windows drive, If you Turn Off the Windows drive you will not be able access the secondary drive because it doesn't have an OS on it, it is only a Data drive.
    Do you want to have 2 drives that both have the same version of Windows on them?
    If you did this, you can choose Which HDD/SSD to boot into that drives Windows on bootup in the boot loader, It would have separate User profiles, apps and files. This seems redundant.
    Or shut down the computer and slide out Caddy Tray Drive 1, and slide in Tray Drive 2 and Boot into that drives Windows OS with it's different profile.

    If you just want to access a Data drive at will, then a USB HDD/SSD is what you are looking for. To turn it off, just unplug the USB cable from the computer end, and plug it in when you want to access the Data drive again.
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    I am not aware of any HDD Caddy that has a switch on it.
    All mine do. I have Orico, there are other makes similar

    for example this is useful if you have a 2 or 4 tb mechnical disk for backup purposes:

    Can leave the disk in and just press the power switch when wanted. Or if you dont hanve enough caddies and have many disks they can be slid in and out easily without messing around inside the case.


    It is also possible to boot from any of the disks that have an installed os.

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    the dual tray for 2.5 and 3.5 that I have has only one switch for both and the singles each have a separate power switch as well
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  10. kwp
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    spunk said:
    I am not aware of any HDD Caddy that has a switch on it.
    Someone here mentioned that theres a caddy with a switch.

    Do you want to have 2 drives that both have the same version of Windows on them?
    If you did this, you can choose Which HDD/SSD to boot into that drives Windows on bootup in the boot loader, It would have separate User profiles, apps and files. This seems redundant.
    Yes!! This is what I want. But you make no sense when you say doing this is "redundant" when it sounds like its safest thing to do to avoid any cross contamination.

    If you just want to access a Data drive at will, then a USB HDD/SSD is what you are looking for. To turn it off, just unplug the USB cable from the computer end, and plug it in when you want to access the Data drive again.
    If I do go that route, the drive must be internal not external and not USB connected. Thus it looks like I'll look into having 2 drives with win o/s on both of them. Then

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    SIW2 said:
    All mine do. I have Orico, there are other makes similar

    Can leave the disk in and just press the power switch when wanted. Or if you dont hanve enough caddies and have many disks they can be slid in and out easily without messing around inside the case.

    It is also possible to boot from any of the disks that have an installed os.
    So just to be sure, I can have 2 drives: the main drive and another drive both with windows. The 2nd drive will be mounted in the caddy. When I'm finished using the main drive, I can shut it down and switch on the 2nd drive in the caddy without removing it. Is this right?
    Last edited by kwp; 01 Feb 2024 at 21:15.
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