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How can I make removable HD hot swap?

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May 5, 2011 11:23:25 PM

For backup I installed a 3.5' SATA hard drive dock. However my system doesn't see a HD in the dock unless its present when I boot the system. How can avoid requirement of rebooting to use the removable disk? My system is built on the ASUS P8P67 Pro mb and Windows 7

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a c 143 G Storage
May 5, 2011 11:32:44 PM
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Your system needs to be in AHCI mode for your SATA controller to enable Hot Swap.

Here is a guide to switch your system from IDE to AHCI to enable Hot Swap...
http://www.windows7news.com/2010/05/25/how-to-enable-ah...
May 6, 2011 12:10:57 AM

tecmo34 said:
Your system needs to be in AHCI mode for your SATA controller to enable Hot Swap.

Here is a guide to switch your system from IDE to AHCI to enable Hot Swap...
http://www.windows7news.com/2010/05/25/how-to-enable-ah...



I read something that suggested that AHCI isn't enabled by default on the MB in order to maintain compatibility with older devices. Do I need to check the capability of my HD's and optical drives before using AHCI?
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a c 143 G Storage
May 6, 2011 12:28:17 AM

All SATA II hard drives for the most part will work with AHCI (haven't ran into any issues, unless your drive is real real old). It is recommended to run optical drives on IDE but not a must (though most secondary controllers like Marvell don't support optical drives).
May 6, 2011 4:04:35 PM

The SATA setting in the BIOS was the default AHCI. It was only necessary to enable Hot Swap for the drive in question. I now have a hot swapable removable hd.
July 2, 2013 7:43:07 PM

Nice info but none of them worked for me so far

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