Also, no, by design, sata drives are not hot swappable unless you buy a hot swappable backplane for them.
It’s probably worth mentioning that it’s absolutely NOT OK to unplug the power cable on a running HD.
Can I unplug a hard drive while computer is on?
It’s not safe to plug the power cable in while the system is on, but it should be safe to plug the data cable in. So turn the system off first, or else you may kill the drive.
What happens if I unplug my SSD?
as with usbs, you can unplug them as long as you are not reading or writing data. better if you mark the connectors as hot swappable in bios, but that’s just a plus. obviously the os drive removed will crash the system but unlikely cause any data loss other than prefetch caches, reboot and you are fine.
Can you hotplug SATA drives?
You can safely hotswap SATA drives *provided* they’re running in native mode (i.e. you’re not using any kind of IDE emulation etc, which many BIOS configs do out of the box), and your OS has safely unmounted them and flushed the cache.
How do you unplug a SATA cable?
To remove them, just pull in the direction of the cable. Some variants of the SATA cable have a small release tab or button on the side. Hold the tab down with your finger, and then pull to remove the cable.
What happens when you open a hard drive?
Small Particles Cause Damage
When a failed hard drive is making a clicking or isn’t spinning there is a temptation by many customers to open the drive itself. A hard drive that is in need of data recovery should never be open. Even the tiniest specks of dust can mean the end of your data and drive forever.
What happens when you unplug a hard drive?
The reason you should eject a HDD or flash drive before unplugging it is because that stops all reading/writing to the drive before its unplugged. That way the drive won’t be cut off in the middle of a writing operation and thus corrupt the data. That goes for any drive on any computer with any operating system.