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Windows 7: use eSATA for external drive?

13 Apr 2013   #11
Outlander

W7x64 Ult.
 
 

I just went through this and the thing that bothered me a little was the inability of eSATA ports to power the drive. You have to use a DC adapter or a Y USB cable. There are few reports that the Y setup will not power all drives too. I finally went with an enclosure that had USB 3.0, eSATA, a Y cable and a DC adapter. Works nice so far.....


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13 Apr 2013   #12
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

True, eSATA is only a data transfer port/cable. USB has a +5VDC included.
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13 Apr 2013   #13
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
True, eSATA is only a data transfer port/cable. USB has a +5VDC included.
There is powered eSATA spec, but unfortunately it hasn't been adopted widely.

drpepper, sounds good. Which enclosure? I had been keeping my eye out for a USB 3.0 and eSATA combo, but after a while gave up.
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13 Apr 2013   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I have only seen eSata/USB2 and USB3/USB2 combos.
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13 Apr 2013   #15
Outlander

W7x64 Ult.
 
 

I got mine from Oyen....39.99 on Amazon.....Small, meant for 2.5, very complete.....They also have a version with just USB 3.0 and another with USB 3.0 and Firewire. I now think of it as a giant flash drive,,,,,,
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13 Apr 2013   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Speaking of Giant flash drive - I put a SSD into an enclosed 2.5" USB3 caddy and run Windows 8, Mint Mate and Zorin (all under VMware Player) from there. It is really fast.

Usually I prefer open 2.5"/3.5" enclocures of which I have a few in various combinations (no Firewire though)
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13 Apr 2013   #17
Outlander

W7x64 Ult.
 
 

Good point. I was concerned about cooling too. The Oyen has one end perforated and fins on the bottom.....? I'll never really know if it helps but I can tell myself that I tried.....
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13 Apr 2013   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Outlander View Post
Good point. I was concerned about cooling too. The Oyen has one end perforated and fins on the bottom.....? I'll never really know if it helps but I can tell myself that I tried.....
For an SSD I need no cooling. It produces no heat. But in the open caddies I use 2.5" and 3'5" HDDs and they get warm.
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