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Windows 7: External eSATA and Express Cards for W7

15 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
External eSATA and Express Cards for W7

I've looked on a lot of places (mainly ebay)
and all the eSATA HD and express cards say they are compatible
with vista and previous OS but do not list Windows 7.

I messaged someone regarding the express card with 2 eSATA ports
and asked if it was compatible with Windows 7 and they said no.

I wanted to ask if there are any express cards and eSATA harddrives
which are compatible with Windows 7.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Jan 2010   #2

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium

I've got a seagate 3.5 inch 3.0 gb 7200 RPM NCQ Hard drive inside an ASTONE external enclosure - It connects with either USB or Esata, and it works great. I think seagate drives are good with Windows 7 the ones that end in AS are the best value for money eg. ST3500320AS. Note hard drives are mostly compatible with all OS 's Manufactures cant afford to get them all tagged with a Windows 7 Compatible logo.

Go here you can have a look at all the angles whether its for mobile 2.5 INCH or pc 3.5 inch -MWAVE is probably available in your country.

Cheap Hard Drives - Western Digital Hard Drives - HDDs

With express cards go the manufactures site - support - downloads - and see if it has drivers that support Windows 7. If you just want one with one with usb and esata ports - i think you will find some on the above site - if they dont need drivers they should be ok with Windows 7.
Check the manufactures site - products etc for support details - type the name in your browsers address bar and press enteror follow the links from any online shop if they dont supply enough details.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7

Mwave Australia: Buy Cheap Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS - Hard drive - 500 GB - internal - 2.5" - SATA-300 - 7200 rpm - buffer: 16 MB (ST9500420AS) in Sydney, Australia Online Computer Store!

How to external enclosures work?

Do i buy a normal internal harddrive like above and then put into an external enclosure like below?

Mwave Australia: Buy Cheap SilverStone TS02 Black 2.5" HDD, External Enclosure Aluminium, USB 2.0 & SATA Drive Interface, Windows & Mac Compatible (SST-TS02) in Sydney, Australia Online Computer Store!

If so, once the HDD is inside the External Enclosure do i then connect
the HDD via the eSATA II cable from the External Enclosure to my Express Card on the laptop?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Jan 2010   #4

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium

Yes I think you have it figured correctly, ie if you cant get the combo - buy both the external enclosure and the 2.5 inch hard drive - you chose the external enclosure that supports both esata and usb so you have the concept correct - happy shopping.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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