SAS 8088 cable to tape drive hot swap?

I would like to know if you can unplug-plug an 8088 connector from HBA card while the server is on. The card is a Dell 6Gbps SAS HBA with two external 8088 connectors, the tape drive is a quantum LTO-4 drive.

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TapeDudeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You will need to go into device manager and 'scan for new devices'. Once the drive is recognised, you may have to go into 'Services' and stop and then start the backup application's background services before the backup application will 'see' the drive.
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DavidConnect With a Mentor PresidentCommented:
All SAS devices are hot swap. It is part of the specification.  but the hardware doesn't care if you might be copying a file at the time, so as long as you are not using the device at the time, then unplug away.
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TapeDudeCommented:
The short answer is yes, you can hot-swap. The long answer is: what operating system are you running, and can your refresh you devices without it upsetting your backup application's understanding of what is (or is not) available,

Usually a reboot will sort all issues... but of course this isn't always something you can do.
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ConSolITAuthor Commented:
Server 2008 R2 enterprise
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ConSolITAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys
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