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Windows 7: What does an eSATA do?

03 Aug 2013   #11
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

All laptops with it I have seen did operate either kind of devices without a hitch. The ones that still worked at all anyway (unrelated issues).

EDIT: Not that it matters a lot, as I've seen and tested around 10 laptops with it since 2008 (the year eSATAp was introduced).


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03 Aug 2013   #12
netadict

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

I'm sorry I got the model number confused, it's a Dell XPS 15z

about the ports:
I have two USB2 ports, one esata USB3 port, an HDMI port and another smaller port ( looks like a mini usb port) that has what looks like a letter D beside it. You can see them all in the following image if you zoom in a bit
http://www3.pcmag.com/media/images/2...-15z-ports.jpg
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04 Aug 2013   #13
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by netadict View Post
I'm sorry I got the model number confused, it's a Dell XPS 15z

about the ports:
I have two USB2 ports, one esata USB3 port, an HDMI port and another smaller port ( looks like a mini usb port) that has what looks like a letter D beside it. You can see them all in the following image if you zoom in a bit
http://www3.pcmag.com/media/images/2...-15z-ports.jpg
Well, the 15Z seems to be discontinued.

Found the details:





Here's the story on the 15 which does not seem to have any eSata port.

And on the 15 they're USB 3.0 ports, all of them. The "power share" on one of them is what I take to mean is just the Dell description of an "ALWAYS ON" USB port, which you can use to charge devices (e.g. phones) from with a USB cable even if the laptop is powered off and the lid closed (assuming the laptop is currently connected with an A/C power cord to its power connector). Lenovo has their USB "always on" port at the rear of my W530 laptop.

And yes... that "D" is the mini-DisplayPort digital video output (to connect to any monitor accepting DisplayPort cables, either mini or full-size, or even through a DisplayPort-to-DVI or DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter cable).

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04 Aug 2013   #14
netadict

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Thak you for the clarification dsperber
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