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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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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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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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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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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
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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Well when they say hot swap they mean hot *swap*. You can't really swap the OS drive for another drive, so whether or not the OS drive can be unplugged is a moot point.
 
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