On Thursday 22 July 2004, conor.daly at oceanfree.net (Conor Daly) wrote:
>OTOH, if the machine boots with the drive installed but not mounted, then
>unplug the drive, it (maybe) should be able to mount it later if I plug it
>in again. If not, I can always bounce the machine (for home use...) If I
>want to hotplug in a production environment, I guess a proper caddy is
Even with a proper caddy, there are issues with letting the system know the
drive is there.
>BTW, will a hard disk get damaged by being plugged / unplugged when not in
>use (not mounted, not spinning, not whatever...)?
Ref. comments about tri state buffers (special driver chips which allow for
>> A better option might be an external USB-2 (USB is rather slow for a big
>> drive) or Firewire drive. If your box doesn't have USB-2 or Firewire,
>>A number of people at work, using external USB2 hard drives on Suse 8.2
>have had problems with FS corruption. Whether this is a failing drive
>problem or an OS or user problem isn't clear. The other issue is transfer
I've had no problems with Firewire drives on various versions of SuSE, though
I haven't used them heavily. I'd prefer Firwire over USB-2 anyway.
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