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Windows 7: eSata Ext HDD Enclosure Issue...


13 Dec 2010   #1

win 7 home 64 bit
 
 
eSata Ext HDD Enclosure Issue...

...I installed a Seagate 2tb HDD in a Max 4 enclosure from Thermaltake. I'm using an existing eSata port. Win 7 Home 64bit recognized the HDD and everything seems to work just fine.....except the drive is recognized as an internal drive. I don't have a problem with that, but the drive has to be powered up when I boot or the drive isn't located. So if I boot and then later power up the drive, it doesn't show up. So, I have connected the drive to the main power switch for my computer and its on when the computer is powered up. Is there a problem with just cutting power (from another switch) versus switching the drive on and off?


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13 Dec 2010   #2

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

hello and welcome to the forums can you not make a connection from a spare molex power source they are always live on power up?
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13 Dec 2010   #3

win 7 home 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your reply and suggestion. I'm sorry I'm not familiar...but is a molex the internal power connector used to connect a HDD inside the PC? Since my HDD is in an external enclosure and has its own power connector, how would I make such a connection?
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14 Dec 2010   #4

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Sounds like your BIOS is set to IDE mode.

AHCI mode will allow plug n play, along with other benefits.

If you are in IDE mode and want to switch it to AHCI or RAID mode, the good news is that you don't have to re-install the OS anymore to do this, just follow this tutorial.

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 after OS install

Be sure to make a restore point first.

How to Create a System Restore Point in Windows 7

I had the same issue with my eSATA external hard drive, after changing to AHCI I was able to add it anytime, use 'Safely Remove Hardware' when you want to remove it.

The issue with a eSATA cable is the OS doesn't know it's an external HDD, Windows 7 will allow you to remove it with 'Safely Remove Hardware'.
The good thing is you can run an OS on your external if you ever need to.
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14 Dec 2010   #5

win 7 home 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, I'll read thru the info and give it a try.
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15 Dec 2010   #6

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Let us know if you have any questions.
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