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23 Nov 2009   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 
External eSATA drives -- anybody using them.

Hi all
I was wondering if anybody is using eSATA external (note must be EXTERNAL) drives.
the eSATA spec is around 2 - 3 X faster than USB2 so should be good (and switchable between macines).

Any users.

Cheers
jimbo


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23 Nov 2009   #2

 

Been using it for yonks and yonks, excellent... especially if you have SATA-II drives both inside and externally - it whacks USB-II for six (although that may be set to change with USB-III...)
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23 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Using them without problems.
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23 Nov 2009   #4

windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

esata is without doubt definitely faster. always use it if you can.
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23 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm using an e-sata drive connected to my DVR at home to increase capacity.

As far as on the computer, I haven't moved over to e-sata drives as so many machines don't have e-sata ports...so that severely limits portability of the drive.
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24 Nov 2009   #6

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I'm using an e-sata drive connected to my DVR at home to increase capacity.

As far as on the computer, I haven't moved over to e-sata drives as so many machines don't have e-sata ports...so that severely limits portability of the drive.
Hi there
For laptops this express card works great AFAIK -- haven't tried it myself but saw it today on a colleagues laptop at work. This is where he got it from.

Think I'll go down this route too.

2 Port eSATA ExpressCard 34 and RAID 5/JBOD eSATA ExpressCard 34

Cheers
jimbo
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24 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah...my work laptop actually has an e-sata port (Dell Latitude E6400)...however I've got quite a number of lab machines in the office that are desktops without ports...plus nothing but my newest desktop at home has an e-sata port. So, I'm just going to hold off right now.
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11 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 
Mine's hurting

I haven't had much luck with running VM's on SimpleTech's eSata drive. I created six partitions and have it attached to a dell workstation, but the machines just get slower and slower. Defrag doesn't help either.

For those that have success, can you please share what you did? I don't find it any faster to run on an external eSata drive compared with the internal drive.

Thanks in advance.
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30 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

LOL...i managed to mirror my system drive to the external esata drive and I can boot into Windows 7 from the external drive. I always thought this was not possible as the drivers are usually initiating during boot up!

LOL. I guess not!
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24 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Wonder if anyone knows of an HD Health Monitor like HD Health that also monitors external eSATA drives?
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