hot swap sata drive on a dell optiplex 380

I have a dell optiplex 380 and I want to have an external SATA drive that could be hotswapped.

My question is two fold,

1) Does this computer support hotswapping (I dont think so)
2) If not, will buying a sata controler help me. If yes, which one should I buy?


Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Shia
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DavidPresidentCommented:
hotswap is not a function of the computer, but instead a function of the disk controller & mounting hardware.   If the disk in a hotswap bay, answer is most likely yes, if this was factory config.

If the disk is in an external USB enclosure, then answer is a yes for sure.

Buy an eSATA controller and external enclosure.  It has high speed, compared to USB, and is designed for hot swap.
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sleviAuthor Commented:
I forgot to mention that I will be using this drive

http://www.memorydepot.com/ssd/listcat.asp?catid=SATADOM   (part number DES9-08GT11C2S)

which is a Solid state drive the size of a usb stick.
Therefore, a HD enclosure is not an option.

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
But you can get SATA to USB controller and use it to mirror your internal HDD to external one via some cloning tool.
With hotswap here you risk to look SSD drive.
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sleviAuthor Commented:
noxcho:  I dont want usb. I want SATA.


heres another link to the drive im talking about

http://www.innodisk.com/productionnn.jsp?flashid=120#
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DavidPresidentCommented:
eSATA is SATA. It is externally mounted SATA and does not take the huge performance hit that USB drives require. It is externally mounted SATA that supports hot-swap as design. Also there are many eSATA controllers that have built-in RAID0/1 controllers, so you can have a reliable external enclosure suitable for a floating backup system that you can take offsite and store in another location for disaster recovery protection.

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
I know what this disk look about. I was suggesting more convenient way.
Now, if you don't want to stick with SATA to USB then you need to find "from your SSD to standard SATA" converter then get SATA to eSATA external enclosure and connect the drive externally via eSATA to Dell.
Don't you think this way to be a little strange?
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