Hot swap Hard Disk - need help

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by vantj, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. vantj

    vantj MDL Novice

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    I want to have hot-swap hard disks under Windows 7 from the mother board. I have installed swappable drive bays in my PC. I have enabled AHCI in BIOS but cannot get my hard disks hot-swapped. Can anyone help.

    Motherboard used is a Gigabyte-P965-DS3 v3.3

    [have little hardware knowledge. So, please provide mechanical procedures in fixes. Detail is appreciated.]
     
  2. EverWin

    EverWin MDL Novice

    Aug 16, 2009
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    For hot swapping once the appropriate software is installed on the computer, a user can plug and unplug the component without rebooting,..
    Do you get any driver CD or some software CD along with your new Hard Disk Hotswap?
     
  3. berdinatilli

    berdinatilli MDL Novice

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    on boards of this intel chipset (965) generation you can only successfully hotswap using the raid management software..., check it out...

    good luck
    berdi
     
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  4. vantj

    vantj MDL Novice

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    Thanks! I guess I have to give up as I am not planning on using raid.

    Can anyone recommand an 'inexpensive' sata (not esata, as 2 of them are included in my motherboard) controller board which support hot-swapping on a single drive?
     
  5. berdinatilli

    berdinatilli MDL Novice

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    i didnt meant that, anyway, i think, you dont need to actually use raid in order to use the intel/gigabyte raid management software...
    its just a disk management software designed to work with intel AHCI and with the option to hotswap...
     
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  6. 2centsworth

    2centsworth MDL Senior Member

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    #10 2centsworth, Mar 23, 2010
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2010
    I see your problem. Your Intel controller is an ICH8 and does not support AHCI I believe, the secondary controller called a gigabyte sataII controller is the AHCI enabled controller and it has no mention of esata hotswap support.

    I suspect you need a third party controller card that supports esata with hot-swap ability to use a removable drive while the OS is running.