What's hot-swappable or can be unplugged while computer is on?

Updated: 01/05/2018 by Computer Hope

Plugging a plug into a computerA hot-swappable device is hardware that can be safely connected and disconnected while the computer is powered on and running, without the computer to be restarted.

Caution: This document is meant for general information to what is and is not hot-swappable on your computer.

We still always suggest that you consult your documentation before disconnecting and connecting components to the computer while it's on.

What can be plugged-in or unplugged while the computer is on?

Note: Although the interface may be hot-swappable some devices such as disk drives may need to be shutdown before they are hot-swapped.

What should not be disconnected while the computer is on?

Note: Disconnecting a device that is not hot-swappable while the computer is on causes the device to stop working and can also cause physical hardware damage.

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