2/26/11
11:21 pm

Forum Question: Inserted a HDD while Mac Pro was running, is this ok? Are the bays hot-swappable?

Was getting beeps and MP was slow to boot, genius thought it was a bad HDD and told me to pull out all HDDs without OS and boot up again. I did, and it booted up normally, so one of the data HDD is bad. I wanted to shut down insert one HDD, then re-boot to see if I got the beeps. If not, I would shut down again and insert another HDD, and re-boot to test. But I jumped the gun and while Mac Pro was running I pushed in one of the HDD (the one holding Time Machine data). Nothing bad seemed to happened, but I wonder if I did any damage? Are the SATA sockets in the bays hot-swappable?
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Royce

Comments: One Response to “Inserted a HDD while Mac Pro was running, is this ok? Are the bays hot-swappable?”

    2/26/11 @ 11:37 pm

    SATA bays are not hot-swappable. You should not put anything in them or remove anything from them unless the Mac is completely shut down.
    Don’t know if you did any damage or not, only testing things out will tell, but don’t do it again.

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