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Thread: Is the GA-970A-UD3 Hot Swappable?




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    Default Is the GA-970A-UD3 Hot Swappable?

    My mouth is watering for one but I can`t find anything in manufacture specs that tells me this board has capability of swapping hard-drives while the PC is running. Thanks Guys.

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    Default Re: Is the GA-970A-UD3 Hot Swappable?

    A lot of that doesn't have anything to do with the MB but it's bios configuration and the case you have.

    I had an GA-X58A-UD5 and now have a EVGA Classified3... MB specs don't mention anything about Hot-Swapable... but if you configure the SATA ports to AHCI or RAID (Non-Member disks) and your case has "Hot-Swap" bays then you are set.

    IDE doesn't support losing the disk or re-introducing it while windows is running, but with AHCI and pending on your RAID configuration it surely is possible.

    If I slide a drive in my Hot-swap bay it comes up as a removable device, no different than a memory stick.

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    Default Re: Is the GA-970A-UD3 Hot Swappable?

    Okay Vinster, Thanks for the info. I have IDE so now I know.

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    Default Re: Is the GA-970A-UD3 Hot Swappable?

    since you have it set to IDE and have Windows 7 (I hope), you can't just change your SATA type from IDE to AHCI or RAID on the fly. you either have to re-install Windows after changing it or perform this Bios tweak to make it work.

    Here is a link that'll help. now if it doesn't work, setting your SATA back to IDE will get you back in to windows without an issue.

    GUIDE - Enabling AHCI mode AFTER Windows 7 Installation

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 4x PNY 120GB Raid 0
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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    Default Re: Is the GA-970A-UD3 Hot Swappable?

    Wow Vinster, I really appreciate your help here. I guess I should have Googled huh? Didn`t even think about anyone else being curious about this. Okay then, I will read up on this and hopefully AHCI will work for me. Again Thanks, You have been very kind.

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