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5.25" hot swap 3.5" hdd bay advice required

Discussion in 'Optical Storage & Writing' started by pete_agreatguy, 18 Aug 2017.

  1. pete_agreatguy

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 Dec 2012

    Posts: 180

    Location: UK

    Hi all,

    I've recently got myself an Orico 3.5" hot swap drive bay for use with backups.

    My query is simple. It comes with a power switch at the front. In terms of, after finishing a backup cycle, is it best to, in your opinion:

    a) Just switch the drive off using the power switch on the hot swap bay and remove the drive

    ... or ...

    b) Go into Disk Management and make the drive offline, press the power button and then remove the drive

    ... or ...

    c) OTHER ... please state in a reply !

    Just want to make sure I'm shutting these drives down the proper way just as if you were shutting down windows.

    Thank you in advanced :)
     
    Last edited: 18 Aug 2017
  2. ANDARIAL

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

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    Location: Woolyback Country

    So the heads cannot crash onto the platter is my thinking
     
  3. pete_agreatguy

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 Dec 2012

    Posts: 180

    Location: UK

    Hi Andarial,

    I've gone and found a solution but still require advice.

    I've downloaded HotSwap! software (link).

    It seems to work well with my hot swap drive. However, should I still put the drive into offline mode within Disk Management to be safe?

    PS: I never had the option to remove safely before which puzzled me!
     
  4. ANDARIAL

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,315

    Location: Woolyback Country

    According to your link it does the same as Disk Management
    Should be more user friendly
    Maybe try it a few times with a hdd loaded with copied data to test?
     
  5. ZXSpectrum

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,681

    Location: Derby

    If your motherboard supports hotswap on your sata ports it should be fine anyway.
     
  6. pete_agreatguy

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 Dec 2012

    Posts: 180

    Location: UK

    Works perfectly fine. I only load up the software mentioned above when using the hot swap drive bay though. Everything else is picked up by Windows 7 Ultimate x64 without issues.