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Thread: How do I get SATA to hotswap / automount?

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    How do I get SATA to hotswap / automount?

    I'm trying to do the same thing with a KF-1000-BK 3.5" hotswap rack by Kingwin (

    I can't get it to work so far.

    Here are the issues that I think you all have outlined:

    1) AHCI (on or off in bios)
    2) chipset needs to support hotswap (how do I determine this? I have a M2N6B-LA motherboard in an HP computer.)
    3) some kind of script can do it (I dont want to use a script, it should just work.)

    Any help would be appreciated in getting this hotswap tray to work so I can easily make backups/restores.

    edit: I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

    From the motherboard manufacturer web site:

    "SATA on the Go
    This motherboard supports the next-generation hard drives based on the Serial ATA (SATA) 3Gb/s storage specification, delivering enhanced scalability and doubling the bus bandwidth for high-speed data retrieval and saves. The external SATA port located at the back I/O provides smart setup and hot-plug functions. Easily backup photos, videos and other entertainment contents on external devices."


    And... the system is setup for a HP Personal Media Drive. This tells me it can do hotswap, but I would like to use the Kingwin tray since the HP Personal Media Drives are either too small and/or too expensive.

    Any help is appreciated.
    Last edited by webdesigncompanyla; March 28th, 2013 at 10:33 PM.

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    Re: How do I get SATA to hotswap / automount?

    figured it out after 2 years of not being able to do it...

    my hotswap is plugged into the sata3 port on my motherboard (it says SATA3)

    so i type this in terminal to rescan if i plug in or remove a drive after booting up:

    echo "- - -" | sudo tee -a /sys/class/scsi_host/host3/scan

    apparently you need to spin down the drive first (which i didnt do the first few times testing this out by typing:

    sudo hdparm -Y /dev/sdb
    got it from here:

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    Re: How do I get SATA to hotswap / automount?

    update: the above is only working for me if i boot with a hard drive in my hotswap bay, otherwise it's not detecting it no matter what i try

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    Re: How do I get SATA to hotswap / automount?

    moved to it's own thread - better to not bump a 2 year old thread and hope people bother to look at it


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