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Reef
18.11.2005, 01:03
Wouldn't it be cool if some drive manufacturer releases a DVD drive with an on/off button?
That way it would be very easy to physically 'unplug' your drive(s). Just switch off the drive(s), mount your image and play ;)

Underheaven
18.11.2005, 02:55
Serial ATA is supposed to support swapping. A power button would be a nice addition.

NetSoerfer
19.11.2005, 21:03
You could do that with a power switch in the drives' power cables... That should do the trick, I think. Interesting idea, too bad I don't even have SATA ;)

Leopold
20.11.2005, 08:40
you'd need to either scann for hardware changes as you switch them off, or otherwise convince windows that they'r'e hot swappable as it grinds to a halt if an IDE drive is missing when it should be there.

NetSoerfer
21.11.2005, 21:23
DON'T EVER DO THE FOLLOWING!!!
I don't take any responsibility for any broken system because you tried this!

Actually I just unplugged the power connectors from my two DVD drives and they disappeared in the open explorer window... They don't come back when I plug in the power connector again though. But at least XP seems to recognize missing drives pretty quickly! :)

Underheaven
21.11.2005, 21:35
DON'T EVER DO THE FOLLOWING!!!
I don't take any responsibility for any broken system because you tried this!

There I stole his warning screen. I can add drives onto my PCI controller card if I have my Promise Ultra BIOS installed/loaded at bootup, though I haven't tried to remove them without powering off. (first I plug in to the IDE cable then second I put the power cable in quickly and pray)

Mystique
21.11.2005, 23:33
DON'T EVER DO THE FOLLOWING!!!
I don't take any responsibility for any broken system because you tried this!

Actually I just unplugged the power connectors from my two DVD drives and they disappeared in the open explorer window... They don't come back when I plug in the power connector again though. But at least XP seems to recognize missing drives pretty quickly! :)

Allready tried and my Win XP Pro Media Center fucks up ^^
It recognize that the DVD is there and tries to load the CD/DVD and then windows stands still :rolleyes:

NetSoerfer
22.11.2005, 15:34
Allready tried and my Win XP Pro Media Center fucks up ^^
It recognize that the DVD is there and tries to load the CD/DVD and then windows stands still :rolleyes:
Maybe it's chipset depending. Thanks for quoting the warning too, by the way!

Mystique
22.11.2005, 18:17
Maybe.Mine is nForce 4 SLI

Reef
23.11.2005, 16:03
I tried it too to just disconnect a drive while the PC was running. At first it seemed like it worked, I could play TM Sunrise (with extreme add-on).
But the next day when I hit the power button on the PC to switch it on, nothing happened. Maybe just some stupid coincidence, but the power supply was dead.

Nikos
29.11.2005, 07:29
This depends on the chipset. In my case, no matter if Windows, Linux, Solaris, DOS, or no OS at all, the PC cold-reboots instantly when I unplug either the power or IDE cable. I think SATA behaves better here. But with plain old ATA, most chipsets/controllers will spit fire.

Underheaven
29.11.2005, 11:18
Aaah, what a horror story. I hope it was a coincidence.

Nikos
29.11.2005, 11:26
No, it's reproducable. No hardware damages or anything. Just a cold reboot.

EDIT
Well, I hope there aren't hardware damages! :D

taltamir
12.12.2005, 03:52
it should be noted that SATA CAN be hotswapable... not MUST BE hot swapable. That is to say, a SATA controller and drive can support the hot swap function but it is not a requirement to meet SATA standards (not even SATA2). And the vast majority of SATA drives and controllers are NOT capable of hotswapping.