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Windows 7: External eSATA drives -- anybody using them.

24 Apr 2010   #11
Casca

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Green Lantern View Post
Wonder if anyone knows of an HD Health Monitor like HD Health that also monitors external eSATA drives?
Any app that monitors SATA HDs cannot distinguish between SATA and eSATA.

Use HD Health.


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24 Apr 2010   #12
Green Lantern

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I had a feeling that would be the case. For some reason the only device or software I have that can seem to detect and work with my Seagate FreeAgent 1TB is the Windows 7 OS. That's working fine. But even the Seagate Manager Software doesn't "see" the drive to configure it. I wonder why.

GL
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24 Apr 2010   #13
Green Lantern

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Ah yes, forgot to mention. I have HD Health installed, but as I indicated above it doesn't see the drive or report on it.

GL
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24 Apr 2010   #14
Casca

 

A limited search indicates that your FreeAgent is USB, not eSATA.

R U sure re: eSATA?
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24 Apr 2010   #15
Green Lantern

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Absolutely sure. I have two cables, a USB two and an eSATA. The throughput I get out of eSATA seals the deal. That's why I bought the drive. A year ago it was the only one I could find that had eSATA.

GL
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09 Jan 2011   #16
Britjoe

Window pro 8 64bit
 
 

I use a Esata Western Digital My book. I used to use its USB2.0 connector, and never had any problems but I found it ridiculously slow, I use it for backing up only of my C:/ Drive.

The eSATA works great half the times of the back up its hot swappable too, but the only problem I do have is the drive has to be unplugged before I can shut my system down or it hangs on to the shutdown screen indefinably till its unplugged, not a great big deal.
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09 Jan 2011   #17
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
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

Yes, they run as fast as internal drives. I am using a OWC external enclosure with a Western Digital green 2 TB SATA drive. The computer eSATA interface is JMicorn - very fast and reliable. Here is the HDTune on it. It runs faster than my internal Western Digital Black 1TB drives:


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09 Jan 2011   #18
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Green Lantern View Post
Absolutely sure. I have two cables, a USB two and an eSATA. The throughput I get out of eSATA seals the deal. That's why I bought the drive. A year ago it was the only one I could find that had eSATA.

GL

I haven't had good experience with eSATA on a Freeagent drive though. The performance was sub-par. But that was their first model with eSATA. Maybe they have improved it.
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10 Jan 2011   #19
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I have 2 Seagate Free Agent drives that work great. At least the newer models require a combination USB/eSATA port.Presumably, the usb provides the power to run the 2.5" hard drive. I also have 2 Rosewill External eSATA enclosures. I have 1TB Samsung Spinpoints in them and I am in love with them. They work fantastic. Both seem to transfer info at the same speed of internal drives. I have found that no matter what the benhmarks say - eSATA is much faster than USB 3.0. I can do a backup with Macrium on USB 3 in 6-8 minutes. The same backup on eSATA is 3 min. 40 sec. Perhaps it is different systems, but I have no problems starting or shutting down with eSATA attached.
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10 Jan 2011   #20
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
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.
I know this was over a year ago but, in case someone else see's this.

If you have a free SATA port you can get a SATA to eSATA cable/back plate, for $3 to $6, that will plug into your SATA port and the plate will attach to the PCI backplate.

Then just use the eSATA cable to your eSATA external HDD.

It will be the same as connecting to your internal SATA port. It's fast, depending on your HDD, and you can run an OS from it, also hot swapable.
You may have to let it clear the cache before removing via 'Safely remove Hardware'.
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