(Semi)hot swap IDE

Jez Hancock jez.hancock at munk.nu
Mon Nov 24 08:18:50 PST 2003

On Mon, Nov 24, 2003 at 02:26:39PM +0200, Toomas Aas wrote:
> Hi!
> > Just for the record I have the kind of setup you're talking
> > about - I successfully 'hot swapped' a 40Gb IDE disk using a hdd
> > caddy tray but there are caveats (mostly highlighted above) - using the
> > term 'hot swap' loosely here because it just doesn't feel too clever
> > doing it :P
> > 
> > I found the following:
> > 
> > - I could remove/reinsert the device only if it was originally in the machine on
> >   boot - this is fairly obvious I suppose.  Otherwise the device just
> >   doesn't show up.
> Just to make it clear for myself - did you try running 'atacontrol 
> attach <channel>' after attaching the drive that wasn't attached at 
> boot time and it still didn't show up?
No, this might have helped perhaps :)  Did you try this with success?

I no longer use this technique as it goes since I added a large disk a
while back and as such have no need now for caddy swapping.

Jez Hancock
 - System Administrator / PHP Developer


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