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It depends on the interface ("connector") of the hard drive.
If it's USB (external) or SATA -- the interface used by most computers today -- then hotswapping is possible and you can safely plug it in. Before switching it off though, make sure that the computer is not writing or reading any data on the disk.
If it's IDE, plugging the hard drive in or turning it off while the computer is running can damage the HDD or the computer.
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