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Windows 7: Can't get eSATA to work

02 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 HP x64 SP1
Can't get eSATA to work

Hi. I've received a new Icybox enclosure today with both USB and eSATA sockets. I inserted my old WD RE3 1TB internal hard drive into it and powered up the enclosure. Using the USB socket from the enclosure to my PC's USB, the HDD is seen and working in windows 7. But nothing with the eSATA connected to my case's eSATA socket, not seen during POST (with enclosure already powered up) and not even after scanning for hardware changes in device manager. I've tried it by having the enclosure powered during bootup and also powering up after bootup. I've tried two different SATA ports on my motherboard.

BTW, my motherboard has no eSATA sockets, but my case has a cable inside already pre-fitted to the underside of the eSATA socket on top of the case, and the other end of the cable plugs into a free sata port on my motherboard. I then plug the eSATA cable that came with the enclosure, from the enclosure's eSATA socket into the case.

I've also tried the eSATA cable from the enclosure to my laptop's eSATA socket. That doesn't work either. In the laptop's BIOS, eSATA is enabled, and eSATA devices says 'None' even after booting into the BIOS after the enclosure was already switched on.

Is it something to do with the HDD not being compatible for eSATA? Don't think it's a windows 7 issue because my friend has the same enclosure and windows 7 and has no problem using eSATA. Any ideas? The cable is as firmly plugged into the sockets as I can push them.

edit: sorry, seems to work now. Dodgy eSATA connection on this enclosure.

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