|13 Dec 2010||#1|
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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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|14 Dec 2010||#4|
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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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