Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope
Hot swapping network drive

Hot-swappable describes a component device that can be removed or installed without powering down the host computer. For example, eSATA, FireWire, and USB (universal serial bus) are examples of interfaces that are hot-swappable on computers.

The picture shows a hot-swappable network drive being changed out while the other drives continue to be used.


Not all computers support hot swapping, and not all devices are hot swappable. For example, PS/2 devices are not hot swappable.

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