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Swap harddrives without a reboot?

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Is it possible to swap a harddrive without rebooting the system? I'm using one of those swappable hard drives bay in the front 5.25''...

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by:mastoo
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It has to be a hot-swappable drive (not all front loaders are), and the OS has to support it.
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by:DaMaestro
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The drive also needs to be setup as dynamic when it is formatted
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by:mmanaigre
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Thanks for the quick response... how can I find out if it's a 'hot-swappable'?
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by:mastoo
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We're talking Windows?  Device manager - disk drives shows you the manufacturer and model number.  Easiest is check their web site.
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You'll need to look at documentation from the manufacturer to determine if it is hot-swappable or not.  

In addition, you'll want to make sure that the volume is not in use before you dismount it (ie: no files or folders open, and no clients either if it is shared across the network).

In contrast to DaMaestro, you do NOT have to have a disk in Dynamic mode to hot-swap it.  Dynamic Disks are only used for Software RAID sets and have nothing to do with the ability to go offline and online on the fly.  Basic disks are fine.  ONLY make it a Dynamic if you need to do RAID'ing.

-SMFX
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