What is a hot swap HDD bay

February 14, 2011 at 10:07:04
Specs: Windows 7
My Medion PC has come with 2 "hot swap HDD" drives. What do they do, what is put in them and what can I use them for?

Grey user ... help??


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February 14, 2011 at 11:14:50
It is a removable drive bay that is using RAID 1 or better.

If you only have two bays then you can only use RAID 1.

P.S. RAID 1 sucks because it just mirrors the drives which causes you to lose half of your disk space just to make your drive fault tolerant.

I would just not use it if we are talking a Home Computer.

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February 14, 2011 at 11:19:14
Hot Swap means that the hard disks can be swapped in and out with power still applied, not something you would normally do with a hard disk as it can lead to data corruption or even hardware failure. You can use them just as you would any other hard disk.

However, in this day and age of cheap USB drives, which can also be hot-swapped, it is really not all that useful.


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February 14, 2011 at 12:22:03
Hot swap drives were designed for servers that run 24/7 and downtime must be kept to a minimum. This is rarely a serious issue with desktop systems.

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