Does the 2008 earlier edition of Mac Pro support hot-swapping of internal drives?

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  1. hajime macrumors 68030

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    Sometime I plug and unplug hard drives of my PC while it is on. Will there be a problem to do that on the mac pro? If the computer supports this, do I need an internal drive that is also hot-swappable in order to be safe?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No Mac Pro supports hot-swapping. The XServe supports hot-swapping.
     
  3. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    I have never heard of a PC that supports hot swapping of hard drives. Servers of coarse do but i have never seen a PC support it.
     
  4. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So, I better turn off the machine before plugging and unplugging the interface cable of the internal hard drive? I have done that to the PC several times without problem. Don't know how the MacPro, Leopard and windows on bootcamp will handle this.
     
  5. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Well its a bad idea without unmounting the drive first. And also you don't so much unplug the cable on the Mac Pro. You more pull the drive out as its on a metal mount which lines the ports up for you.:)
     
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  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No.
     
  8. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    No they are not- it is not a function of the drive itself but of the supporting interface hardware and OS software. Apple did not choose to support hot swapping of internal (or external if using one of the Sonnet or other port extender kits to tap into the two unused SATA ports on the Mac Pro logic board).

    Hot swapping on a Mac Pro can only be done when using a PCIe eSATA card/external drive enclosure combo that specifically supports it.
     
  9. fsron macrumors member

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    Don’t do it. I mistakenly thought the SATA drives were hot swappable and tried to swap two drives. It corrupted both drives and I needed to reformat both. Luckily both drives were new and had nothing on them of any real importance.
     
  10. rockinrocker macrumors 65816

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    :eek:

    Yikes!

    i don't know about you guys, but i'm scared to touch anything inside a computer case with the power cable even connected, let alone with the machine running.....

    but maybe i've just seen to many OSHA safety videos.
    :D
     

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