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As of late all newer motherboards support hot swapping.

Has anyone used the hot swapping capability? and can I pull the OS drive out while it's running?
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What OS? You can - but it may BSOD. Windows is highly likely to BSOD...
     
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Pulling the OS drive causes Windows to semi-freeze, as in the mouse moves but nothing works, clicks, everything else. I'm not sure if replugging it in will bring it back, last time I did that by accident when I hot-pulled the wrong SATA cable and I had to hard power-off and power it back on. Other drives are fine to hotplug if you ensure there's nothing writing or open.
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If i'm not mistaken, you still actually have to power off your rig when removing the drive.
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Originally Posted by Kramy;14241742 
What OS? You can - but it may BSOD. Windows is highly likely to BSOD...

Yes, like Windows 7. Cause I keep hearing "hot swap, hot plug, hot swap, hot plug" everywhere now but it just came to my mind if I could pull the OS drive without ill effects.
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Originally Posted by LemonSlice;14241744 
Pulling the OS drive causes Windows to semi-freeze, as in the mouse moves but nothing works, clicks, everything else. I'm not sure if replugging it in will bring it back, last time I did that by accident when I hot-pulled the wrong SATA cable and I had to hard power-off and power it back on. Other drives are fine to hotplug if you ensure there's nothing writing or open.

Gonna give it a try on my next Windows 7 build.
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Originally Posted by Coolio831;14241750 
If i'm not mistaken, you still actually have to power off your rig when removing the drive.

Would that remove the "hot" in hot swap? Wouldn't turning off the machine be a cold swap?
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post #6 of 11
Hot swapping HD works the same as a usb/external drive basically....Installing an OS on one works fine, but if you pull it then windows is going to cease to function and plugging it back in isn't going to restore functionality unless you reset the machine
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post #7 of 11
You don't want to hotswap... when you do have to pull a hot drive out, you're usually up the creek anyways. The only way you could do it regardless if it was part of an array with a stripe, but then again, why are you running the os off the array?
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For OS drives, its risky, however you should ensure write caching is enabled on your drive so that you do not pull a drive mid-write causing corruption before you test the waters. Worst case scenario, Windows will think there was an improper shutdown.
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is your os on a raid ???? and does your raid card support hot swapping???

if yes then theres nothing wrong ... otherwise your just looking to create some troubles
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Originally Posted by Fr0sty;14244262 
is your os on a raid ???? and does your raid card support hot swapping???

if yes then theres nothing wrong ... otherwise your just looking to create some troubles

No, just a single standalone OS drive. The question came to mind and I got curious.

Did a little Google search and none of the sites could tell me if the OS drive is swappable.
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