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  Hi everyone! :)

  I need a hotplug-able harddisk in my Windows 2000 server. I must be very easy to plug in, and i practically dont care with what (USB, firewire, scsi, whatever). I've tried with a USB case with a IDE harddrive, but every time i unplug the cable, the server shows an error that it has be unsafely unplugged. I dont want this message to appear every time i unplug it, and i dont want the server to use the disk for anything. I want to use the disk as a tempoarily backup so the server shouldnt "keep an eye" on the device, since it is only being used for backup. I noticed that the server had copied some system files on the drive (System Volume Information, and RECYCLE folders).

 Does anyone have a idea or sollution for this?
ShaohsAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Use USB - just don't remove the drive improperly.  STOP the drive first, then remove it.  No errors.
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ShaohsAuthor Commented:
The thing is that I want to not get rid of that procedure. I need a sollution that dont need to be stopped first if i want to remove the disk.
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nobusCommented:
how about this : buy a PCI SATA controller, and you can hot plug a disk drive to it
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ShaohsAuthor Commented:

  Which SATA controller supports hot plug? All of them? The server is still running while the disk is being unpluged, and the system has to move on without interruptions when i unplug the disk.
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nobusCommented:
All controllers support hot plugging;

Look here for a discussion :

http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=27&threadid=1442950&STARTPAGE=2&enterthread=y
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ShaohsAuthor Commented:
Okay. Nice. But they use Windows XP. Is this compatible with Windows 2000 Server?
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nobusCommented:
i think that it is OS independant, but you can look it up : see also legacy devices near the end

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BRZ/is_11_22/ai_98977132
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Cyber-DudeCommented:
Good call nobus;

:)

Attached a guide might help you achieve this:
http://www.officeone.se/SATA_HotPlug.pdf

As for whether Windows 2000 support this; well, the answer is that the Controller's manufacturer should hold within a Windows 2000 drivers. Same as any other controller.

Cyber
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nobusCommented:
a last remark : before removing ANY device : look for the end of activity on it; cause an active device that is interrupted will probably always cause trouble ! But i think you knew that already !
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ShaohsAuthor Commented:
thanks for answers :)
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nobusCommented:
No problem, come back anytime !
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