Can I connect a ATA or SATA hard drive while Ubuntu is running?

engragy August 3, 2010

I am kind of new to the Linux world. I was wondering if I could connect an ATA or SATA drive in Ubuntu while it is running, like in Windows.


  1. Karl Gechlik
    August 3, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    You can not hot swap ata or sata drives on ubuntu or windows unless you have specialized hardware or are using a sata to usb cable and then you need to stop the drive before disconnecting it as to not damage your files.

    • Josh Fox
      August 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      I agree, but would also like to add that not stopping the drive before disconnecting can also physically damage the platters or heads.