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Is it safe to connect the sata data cable to hard drive while the computer is on? I ask this because I'm trying to clone a few drives for my friend, but my computer does not want to log in to windows with them plugged in.
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post #2 of 8
follow this

-Exit all Windows-based programs.
-Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
-If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
-Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys:
-------HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Ser vices\\Msahci
-------HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Ser vices\\IastorV
-In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
-In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
-On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.

once you do that, change the disks to ahci.

then they should be hot swappable. (still, can't hurt to "safely remove" them first)
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post #3 of 8
This is the best I could find. Can't say I have done it personally though.

Open your run box, then type regedit and press Enter.

Go to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/services/

Find 'msahci', click on it and on the right pane, right click the 'start' property.

Change the value to '0'.

Restart your computer (important)! Now you can 'safely remove' your SATA internal hard drive like you do with external hard drives.

EDIT: ^ What he said
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post #4 of 8
If you have hot-plugging and it's enabled on the board/controller then it's safe.
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post #5 of 8
the main concern is the powering up and powering down of the hdd, as platter damage can occur (that's why it's still a good idea to safely remove before powering it down).
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post #6 of 8
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but if i change it to achi mode, wouldn't I have to re-install windows?
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post #7 of 8
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Ok, maybe I didn't make myself clear. I have the power connected to the drives. When I boot without the drives connected to the board, everything works fine. When I plug them in, my computer will get to the Windows loading screen and it will just stay stuck there.
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post #8 of 8
It's safe to hot-plug SATA data cables when in AHCI mode with a hot-plug capable controller and drivers.

(Most are hot-plug capable. Every board I've tried in recent years seems to be.)
     
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