Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Can I connect a SATA drive to an ESATA port?


25 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can I connect a SATA drive to an ESATA port?

I bought a cable with ESATA on one end and SATA on the other end. What am I supposed to do with it? I connected a standard SATA drive to one end and the other end to the ESATA port on the back of the computer, and used an external power supply for the drive. The BIOS does not see the drive. Suspecting the drive needed to be powered from the same power supply as the computer, I plugged the drive into a normal power connector in the computer, but used the new cable to connect it to the external ESATA port. Still the BIOS sees nothing. The drive works perfectly as a SATA drive in the normal SATA connection.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

26 Dec 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

I'm not really sure what you have done. What type external power supply did you use? Is it a new drive or a used one? When your computer is on, can you feel the drive spin up? Connect the drive and start the computer. Right click on computer in the start menu, select manage. Maximize the screen and in the left column select disk management. Look for your drive there. If it is a new drive it will have to be initialized, a partition created and formatted and a drive letter assigned. If there is data on it, right click the drive and select 'change drive letter or path' in the next screen select new, from the drop down list, choose any drive letter you want that has not already been used. If it wants to format the drive don't do it if there is data on the drive you want to save. Formatting will remove any data on the drive. Let us know more particulars and we may be able to help. You can also go to device manager,
and expand disk drives and see if it is listed there. If you need more help please post a screenshot of the entire disk management page. You can use the snipping tool or paint, then upload the file using the paperclip icon in the response box.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Make that eSATA is enabled in BIOs.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


26 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I'm not really sure what you have done.
Normal internal SATA drive connected to ESATA port on back of computer using a cable with ESATA on one end and SATA on the other.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
What type external power supply did you use?
One from an external hard disk case. But anyway I also tried using a power connector from inside the computer, so that's ruled out.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Is it a new drive or a used one?
Used, but I tried several.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
When your computer is on, can you feel the drive spin up?
Yes. But it spins up with only the powersupply connected.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Maximize the screen and in the left column select disk management. Look for your drive there. If it is a new drive it will have to be initialized, a partition created and formatted and a drive letter assigned.
It's not listed in disk management.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
You can also go to device manager,
and expand disk drives and see if it is listed there.
It's not listed in device manager.

The drive works perfectly if I connect through the normal internal SATA port.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mgp1964 View Post
Make that eSATA is enabled in BIOs.
Yes, it was already on.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Is the eSATA connector on the computer, part of the motherboard or connected by another cable to the motherboard?

Have you tried another eSATA cable?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's a connector on the rear of the motherboard. The supplier is sending me a new cable, although the cable looks fine to me. I was thinking I wasn't using it correctly - so it's ok to connect ESATA straight to SATA?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, that is the way to connect it.
The cable should be SATA to eSATA.
Have you tried setting eSATA to AHCI in the BIOS?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks. Is it true that the drive must support ESATA?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Still not working - help!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
Yes, that is the way to connect it.
The cable should be SATA to eSATA.
Have you tried setting eSATA to AHCI in the BIOS?
eSATA is already on AHCI in the BIOS, as are the internal SATA ports, which work fine. I'm having this problem with all computers I try (4 of them!) The vendor sent me a replacement cable and that doesn't work either! There must be something I'm missing here..... the computer just doesn't see the drive at all! And I've tried several hard disks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Can I connect a SATA drive to an ESATA port?




Thread Tools




Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:32 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33