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Windows 7: eSATA help needed

11 Sep 2009   #31

Windows 7 64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post

Windows is already installed; your picture is for installing windows.

I think all of us are waiting for whest new way of install drivers with F6 in side of windows.
Ah, didn't catch that, all the F6 talk made me totally convinced we where talking installation.

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11 Sep 2009   #32


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CGA1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post

Windows is already installed; your picture is for installing windows.

I think all of us are waiting for whest new way of install drivers with F6 in side of windows.
Ah, didn't catch that, all the F6 talk made me totally convinced we where talking installation.
The "F6 method" was applicable from NT4 thru XP. In Windows, the F6 key moves the cursor through different sections of Explorer and some other programs. Many programs utilize the F6 key for different functions.

Beginning with Vista, the F6 key has nothing to do with drivers during the installation of Windows. The F6 key has nothing to do with drivers from within Windows.

whest simply afforded too much credit to a poorly written readme file. The snapshot provided by CGA1 is accurate.

All driver installations performed from within Windows are accomplished the same way they always have been.

F1 – Help
F2 – Renames selected file
F3 – Opens the file search
F4 – Opens the address bar in Explorer
F5 – Refreshes the screen in Windows Explorer
F6 – Navigates between different sections of Explorer
F8 – Opens the start-up menu when booting Windows
F11 – Opens full screen mode in Windows Explorer
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16 Sep 2009   #33

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
My eSATA externals must be connected and turned on Before I boot the computer ...
and cannot be shut down until after I shutdown the computer.

Does your computer work OK with this procedure ???
This is how my computer was when 'SATA mode' was set to IDE. I switched it to RAID (this can be done with out re-installing the OS) and added the 'HotSwap' program, Now I can plug and play my external hard drives.

Check these sites:

How to enable AHCI in Windows 7 RC after installation


And this Seven Forum Thread:

What is the correct setting in BIOS for eSATA?

"In order to hot swap or plug and play an eSATA external hard drive you need to be in AHCI or RAID mode, this will enable the SATA hot swap function. IDE will not allow you to safely plug and play, you can always 'yank' them but it's not recommended, and will not be recognized when plugged into a running OS."
If your controller still won't allow the "safely remove hardware" for the external hard drive then download the 'HotSwap' program from the above site. It works and looks like the MS 'safely remove hardware' program. I am using it and it works fine.

There is a great tut in the Windows Vista Forum that works the same in Win7 and will explain How to Create a Task in Vista Task Scheduler. You can create a task that will start the 'HotSwap' program at log on.
In step 6 enter 'HotSwap'
In step 11 select ‘Run with highest privileges’ which is the same as ‘Run as Administrator’
In step 13 choose "At Log on"

See the other Seven Forum thread for more information.

I loaded the RAID drivers, when re-booting go to BIOS and switch 'SATA mode' to (ACHI if desired) RAID and continue booting. ACHI drivers must be loaded to switch to ACHI and RAID drivers must be loaded to switch to RAID. It's not exactly that simple but, that is the general procedure.
This worked for me.
If you load ACHI or RAID drivers and re-boot while still in IDE mode, you will get a blue screen.

If you want more details or reference, please reply here.
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26 Sep 2009   #34

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium

The f6 method is used to install the drivers at the beginning of installation - i apologised to antman after reading info from the intel site - it simply states you can use the drivers w7 installs, or install the latest drivers from the intel site using the f6 method, both ways need ahci or raid enabled in the bios prior to installation - i never stated you could install drivers using a f6 method inside windows (please read again theog)
If you didnt have ahci enabled when you installed w7 this can be fixed - read daves post.
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