I confirm hot swapping of SATA devices is indeed supported by the chipset in question via the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI); see page 38 of the datasheet for the chipset:
Hot plugging is not supported by the desktop board itself, though.
- As for using an SATA-to-e-SATA cable, the use of this type of adapters/converters is not recommended, and consequently, Intel can not ensure expected hard drive-wise peformance when using a non SATA-to-SATA cable.
- In respect to running the system with Microsoft* Windows* 2008 Server, I'd like to add that this is not a validated operating system for the desktop platform. Unfortunately, drivers and applications might not function properly since they are not specifically designed for the use under this operating system. Please, refer to the following URL for the currently validated Operating Systems: