We need to hot swap a SATA HD on a server machine with defective BIOS. Thus, we don't want to reboot. OS is Debian Linux. Is it possible for Debian to recognize the new HD without BIOS intervention? We're trying to figure out the best strategy.
I guess a second question might be: is it advisable to connect and reconnect the SATA cables (2 separate cables) while the machine is running? We don't have a caddy or rack.