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Can I connect eSATA disk while server is powered or do I need to shut it down?

I have to connect eSATA disk to server and do I need to shut down server before this operation or not? Does it behave like PS2 or can I connect it on-the-go like USB?

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An eSATA port it "hot swappable" and can be plugged in and removed while the computer is on. However, in XP and below you must eject the device before removing.

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