I have a problem that I have no idea whether is hardware of software related...I'll try and summerise...
I have a Gigabyte EX58-UD5 with Windows 7 64 on it, as there were no rear eSATA ports on it I installed an addon card which had:
x1 PATA on it.
It could only use 2 of the 4 SATA ports and I moved the jumpers across to allow it to use eSATA, so far so good, that's been working for the best part of a year with no issues.
For a project I'm working on I need to see more HDDs at once to shift data around (internal is full and inconvenient for swapping), so I installed another of the afore mentioned cards - same type, same model, same connectors.
Put it into a PCI-E, plugged the drives in and rebooted into Windows...and the card wasn't seen.
In fact the situation has been made worse as my original card will only detect ONE hard drive at a time - I not only haven't got extra ports I've lost one of my original ones!
I've tried updating drivers
, looking at Windows update, Gigabytes website and even the JMicron site...nothing seems to help. This
is the card.
The stupid thing is I tried the card in another Windows 7 computer (very similar specs) and it wasn't working in there either...sometimes they detect, sometimes not, sometimes they take a while to work sometimes they don't at all.
I tried another card
with a Silicon Image chipset instead of JMicron and updated all the drivers in Windows but that hasn't helped either.
If I can't get these cards working my other option is to use eSATA backplates but am I right in understanding they don't support hot swapping?
Thanks very much for any replies!