How can you tell if a Windows Server has hot swappable drives

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I am looking at a server a company has.  The company has Windows Essentials 2012.   The company has no documentation for the server.  I wanted to know if there is an easy way to determine if  it has hot swappable hard drives installed.  

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PowerEdgeTechIT Consultant
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If drives are accessible via trays from outside the server.
Top Expert 2014
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Or read the model number on the front and look it up on the manufacturer's website.
LockDown32Owner
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To be hotswappable the enclosure (or backplane) and controller must be hotswappable. As PowerEdgeTech suggested a good clue is trays accesable from the outside. Look in Device Manager to get the scoop on the hard drive controller and look it up on the internet. That is another good indicator.
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Thanks for the suggestions.  Will try them all
PowerEdgeTechIT Consultant
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Super unlikely that you will have externally-accessible drives on a server that has a backplane/controller that doesn't support it, unless it was modified after-market. Good luck!

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Thanks to everyone that replied to this post

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