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Is it okay to unplug/plug a backup internal sata harddrive ?

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  • SATA
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September 4, 2010 12:42:33 AM

hey guys. title says it all. is it okay for me to unplug/plug the power and sata cable while the computer is running? wanted to know before i ever tried something like this. wanted to unplug a harddrive then plug in a cdrom drive etc while the computer is running.

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September 4, 2010 1:05:17 AM

In theory you should be OK but in practice with the drives being internal I would not do it. Too big a risk of static electricity for me but SATA is hot swappable. You can get an eSATA bracket for about $5 I think. That is much safer.
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