Aphasia wrote:And is the eSATA port on the motherboard ?
Not sure. The case has a front I/O panel which contains the eSATA port on it. The case is a fairly common one, many gerbz here probably own one.
Cooler Master HAF932 Advanced: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811119213
Aphasia wrote:Is the controller the eSATA port runs on enabled in the bios?
I wasn't aware there was an option for this, but I can investigate. My mobo has the EFI BIOS.
Aphasia wrote:Are you using a supplied eSATA cable of 1m or 2m?
Can't recall if the cable was included or if I obtained it elsewhere. On the cable itself, it is 36" (91cm) and it has these words written on it:
Serial ATA 26AWG E209329 яυ AWM STYLE 2725 80°C 30V VW-1 LIAN FENG
Aphasia wrote:Usually the eSATA port runs on a 3rd party controller on the motherboard instead of the eSATA included on the ICH if you run intel and thus have to be enabled. Only active ports on the motherboard support 2m cabling. Any front eSATA, either header or SATA connected internally is counted as passive and thus limited to 1m cables.
I am running Intel. But not sure what on the Mobo is controlling the eSATA port.
Aphasia wrote:Except for that, eSATA can be treated as any internal SATA. That is, turn the system off, connect, power on, enter the bios and look for it to be recognized. If the SATA controller is a 3rd party one, it usually has its own bios after the main bios.
I was hoping it would act as a hot swap port like when you plug in a USB ext hdd. I want the eSATA to act in the same manner, otherwise it's pointless.
Aphasia wrote:When that is covered, Windows 7 should recognize it as any other drive and it should show in Disk Management. Although you might need to assign a drive letter to the drive/partition.
Yeah, I opened Disk Management to see if anything was listed, but it wasn't.
just brew it! wrote:If you've got AHCI enabled you should in theory even be able to hot-plug it without rebooting the system, though I admit I've only tried doing that on Linux (not Win7). Are you trying to hot-plug? If so, check whether Windows recognizes it after a reboot -- that would be a big clue.
Yes, I am plugging the hdd in for insta-on access (hot plug).
just brew it! wrote:If you're trying to boot from the drive, you may need to connect it to one of the first 4 SATA ports (if your mobo has more than 4).
Not trying to boot off the eSATA port. Just adding another external hdd is all.
just brew it! wrote:Edit: Googling around a bit, it appears that Win7 + JMicron SATA controller + eSATA hot swap is a bad combination (driver bug, apparently). You wouldn't happen to be using a JMicron based SATA controller, would you?
Dunno, the mobo I have is the ASUS P8P67 LE (rev 3): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131706