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 Post subject: Hot swapping SATA drives.. won't power down.
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:32 am 
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I have the Thermaltake V9 case with the dual HDD dock on top.

My specs:
Intel DZ77BH-55k/3.5ghz i7 quad core/16gb ram/Windows 7

I checked the bios and the sata ports are set to ACHI and with this BIOS, the ports are selected as "HOT PLUG CAPABILITY"

I drop the drives in and WIN7 has no problems recognizing them (including a OLD fat 32 drive from a dead external"

They are always recognized in the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" listing. When I eject them WIN7 reports everything
as safe to remove but I can feel them still spinning. I have waited for a time and they still spin.

Any ideas?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Hot swapping SATA drives.. won't power down.
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:26 am 
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Windows doesn't actually power off the drives. What it does when you want to safely remove them is flush its cache so write operations are complete, then unmounts it. If Windows says it's safe to remove, it's safe to remove. As long as there's no I/O operations going on, the heads aren't over the platter.


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 Post subject: Re: Hot swapping SATA drives.. won't power down.
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:48 pm 
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Well that is good. The first time I pulled a drive out I could feel the platters spinning. I can't imagine that trying to change the orientation (i.e. placing the drive in a flat position when they were spinning in an upright position) would be good for it. I will just have to wait a beat before laying the drive down.


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