Hot-Swapping Hard Drives For Backup In Windows XP
Posted on 2008-11-11
I'm in the process of moving away from tapes for backing up the data on two servers, and purchased a hot-swappable drive bay from Addonics and a pair of 1TB drives to do some testing. The plan is to have the drive bay in a machine running Retrospect that backs up data from the two servers over the network; a full backup once a week, and incremental backups in between. After a week of incremental backups, I'd swap out the drive with another that's kept offsite.
The trouble I'm having, as others have had before, is that once a hard drive is set up in XP there doesn't seem to be a way to tell the system that you want to remove the drive and swap it out.
I read somewhere that having a controller with hot-swap capabilities is necessary for this, so I purchased a couple of PCI SATA adapters, one a 5-port RAID card and the other a 2-port (both claiming to be hot-swap capable.) The RAID card appears to only allow hot-swapping in RAID sets, and the other (a Rosewill RC-210) doesn't seem to have any more hot-swap capabilites than the onboard SATA controller.
So I guess my question is two-fold: 1. Is there a way to tell Windows XP that you're done with a drive so that it can be removed gracefully? 2. Is there a better way to accomplish what I want to do using Retrospect running on Windows XP Pro?