I am looking for a solution to connect a hot swap drive setup on a server for backups. A friend is reaching the capacity of his tape drive and wants to review alternatives.
I understand there are IDE cages available for swapping drives, but this user does not want to shut down his machine for the swap, thus we need hot-swap.
--- I have reviewed Kingwin's drive cages: they want to use an external 3rd party utility to disable the drive before removing it. Not too bad, but it looks rather clumsy.
--- There is also the hot-swap raid cards from Promise, but those are set up for raid, I am looking for a single drive for backup use only. Maybe they would work anyhow?
Has anyone had any experience w/ hot-swap in IDE for backups and can recommend a vendor? (ps - he is not interested in using a different technology such as Iomega, yet.)