SATA Hot swap

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by PureEvil, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. PureEvil

    PureEvil Guest

    I have a removable SATA drive bay that I use for drives with music and movies
    on them. I just got Vista Ultimate this past week and I can't figure out why
    it is not recognizing my drive unless it is in during boot up. Any
    suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
    PureEvil, Feb 20, 2007
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    Anna Guest


    PureEvil:
    Presumably you're working with a SATA-II HDD and a motherboard that supports
    the "hot-swapping" ("hot-plugging") capability of SATA HDDs. It really helps
    when you pose questions of this nature if you would provide details as to
    the make & model of the components involved.

    I assume that when you refer to a "removable SATA drive bay", you're
    referring to a mobile rack to house your removable SATA HDD and that the
    drive is a secondary HDD. If that is so, and the drive is not powered up
    until after you bootup, and is thus not detected by the system, do this...

    In Device Manager right-click on Disk drives and invoke the "Scan for
    hardware changes" item listed in the sub-menu. In all likelihood the drive
    then will be recognized by the system.
    Anna
     
    Anna, Feb 20, 2007
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  3. PureEvil

    PureEvil Guest

    Thank you for the help. Sorry about the lack of detail. I was confused as to
    why it wasn't working because I'm having no trouble with hot swapping them
    when running XP or any of my other OSs. Your advice got me one step closer.
    I can change the drives now, but I have to manually go in and scan for
    hardware changes each time. Is there a way to set it up to autodetect the
    change like my other OSs do? It's not like I swap them out all that often, I
    just want things working the way I think they should be. Thanks again.
     
    PureEvil, Feb 20, 2007
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  4. PureEvil

    Anna Guest


    Not that I'm aware of. It seems it's a function of the motherboard involved.
    With some motherboards the secondary SATA HDD is detected with no problem
    even when it is powered on after bootup. With others, such as what you're
    experiencing, the system does not detect the SATA HDD if it is powered on
    following bootup, except under the condition I previously mentioned. At
    least we haven't been able to find a better solution.
    Anna
     
    Anna, Feb 20, 2007
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    bwg Guest

    Anna

    I also have the problem. I am using an Nforce4 motherboard with a SATA internal caddy. Running on WinXP, the drives would initialise and prompt an auto-run upon plug-in. They would also appear in the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the system tray. Upon installing Vista, I have now lost that functionality and have to manually scan for hardware changes in device manager to get the drives to initialise.

    Any ideas?

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    bwg, Mar 6, 2007
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