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[vox-tech] hotswapping an IDE drive?

Does anyone wanna try this out?

This is where I read it:
8. IDE Hot-Swapping

12 Mar (3 posts) Archive Link: Ide Hot-swaping?

Pozsar Balazs asked if it were possible to hot-swap IDE drives. Jeremy
Jackson replied, "read a recent man page for hdparm and you will see
kernel allows remove/add ide interface. scripts with correct parameter
usage are in contrib directory of hdparm source. IDE maintainer has code
to electrically turn off (tristate) ide channels on most PC ide chips, but
is waiting to demonstrate at an industry conference before releasing to
public." And Andre Hedrick replied to Pozsar simply, "I have not made
public that code until more clean ups."

This is a part of the man page for hdparm v3.9:
       -U     Un-register an IDE interface.  Dangerous.  The com-
              panion  for  the  -R option.  Intended for use with
              hardware made specifically for  hot-swapping  (very
              rare!).   Use with knowledge and extreme caution as
              this can easily hang or damage  your  system.   The
              hdparm  source  distribution  includes  a 'contrib'
              directory with some user-donated scripts  for  hot-
              swapping  on  the UltraBay of a ThinkPad 600E.  Use
              at your own risk.


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