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Windows 7: Can I plug-in SATA cable when computer is running?

23 Oct 2011   #1

win7pro 64bit
Can I plug-in SATA cable when computer is running?

I am not sure:

Can I plug-in (and -out) a SATA cable (to hard disc) from (ASUS) motherboard slot when computer is running?

Or will this cause a damage to hardware?


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23 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

If your sata controllers are in AHCI mode. It's called 'hot plugging'. Although I only do it if necessary.
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23 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

Definitely not recommended. But I would only do it if I was trying to install an OS on the HD. I have done it a couple times using an ASUS board and they handle it pretty well. Other boards used to have a Biostar tried fried the plug.
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23 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

ive only ever plugged drives in not unplugged them when its on, doesnt work on all motherboards though. ASUS's seem to, but my AMD platform didnt like it
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23 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

It is supposed to be one of the attributes of AHCI.
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