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Is there a safe way to eject an externally connected SATA drive?

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Got a CM 690 II Advanced case and I'm using the External SATA X-dock for the first time. I was able to connect and format a new drive that I'll be using for backing up but ran into one issue. How do I remove the drive safely? I'm thinking removal via the Device Manager but I wanted to be sure that this is the best/safest way of doing it.
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That is the best/safest way to do it.
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Depends on your Mobo, is the E-Sata you have it hooked up to Hot Swappable? If so then just pop it in and pop it out. how is it set up on your board? some have a E-Sata connector but if you just have it hooked into a reg sata port it aint swappable without a power down. same as if you were to change out a HDD. Look on the board is there a red sata connector if so then thats where it should be plugged into. I dont know if just disabling it in Device Manager is not going to screw it up. still going to have power, but then again I am guessing as you didnt really give us anything to go on.
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Is AHCI enabled on the port that the dock is plugged into? If not, you can probably just use the Device Manager.
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Originally Posted by HouseJhereg;14576068 
Depends on your Mobo, is the E-Sata you have it hooked up to Hot Swappable? If so then just pop it in and pop it out. how is it set up on your board? some have a E-Sata connector but if you just have it hooked into a reg sata port it aint swappable without a power down. same as if you were to change out a HDD. Look on the board is there a red sata connector if so then thats where it should be plugged into. I dont know if just disabling it in Device Manager is not going to screw it up. still going to have power, but then again I am guessing as you didnt really give us anything to go on.

Yes, the dock plugs directly into a sata port on the mobo.


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Originally Posted by Lime;14576090 
Is AHCI enabled on the port that the dock is plugged into? If not, you can probably just use the Device Manager.

AHCI is enabled on all SATA ports.
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post #6 of 7
You can use HotSwap!, a free utility to easy eject the sata drive. It's the same of removing using the Device Manager, but with a simpler interface.
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Thanks, I'll try it out. +Rep
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