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Thread: How to change the Multibay Drive while running OpenSuse

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    tobo NNTP User

    Default How to change the Multibay Drive while running OpenSuse

    Hi,
    I have OpenSuse 11 running on my HP Compaq NW8240 Notebook, which usually has the DVD Drive in the Multibay.
    Is there a clean way, that let's me exchange that DVD-Drive with another HD while running the OS?
    Thanks in advance
    tobo

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    Default Re: How to change the Multibay Drive while running OpenSuse

    Hi,

    That is something that should not be done for a number of reasons.

    The most important is that inserting a devices in a connector powered up can result in serious electronic problems.

    If a pin is misplaced and contacts another adjacent one can result in a short circuit on the device or motherboard.

    So that operation is really not recommended.
    I do not do that or recommend it even in raid hot-swap enabled devices made for that purpose.


    In terms of software .. it is easy to umount and mount devices no matter what they are .. dvd's / hdds ... it is all the same.


    Regards,
    Pedro

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    tobo NNTP User

    Default Re: How to change the Multibay Drive while running OpenSuse

    Hello Pedro,
    Thank you very much for your opinion. Just to let you know - the mount / umount does not work in this case. I'm able to remove the DVD Device, but when plugin in the the Harddisk, the System freezes.
    Thanks again
    tobo

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    Default Re: How to change the Multibay Drive while running OpenSuse

    Hi,

    Like I told it could be a low level problem ...
    Maybe your system auto-detects immediately the connected devices but laptop hdd's are slow to boot and somewhere there is a time-out ...

    Just me guessing ... try connecting through a usb device in case you have that chance.
    But as I understand your problem this is only a issue when you plug the multibay hdd when the pc is working, right?

    Is the boot process normal when you connect the hdd when the laptop is off ?

    Also some of those bays are sata connectors but some are simply usb adapters, and that can be a problem ...


    Regards,
    Pedro

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    tobo NNTP User

    Default Re: How to change the Multibay Drive while running OpenSuse

    Hi Pedro,
    When doing so while Notebook is powered off, it workes perfectly.
    Not so much a problem, it workes while working with Windows, but would like to "migrate" to OpenSuse and missed that feature.
    Thank you anyway for your tips and thoughts
    tobo

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