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Windows 7: Quick question regarding eSATA

22 Feb 2010   #1
terrorist96

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1
 
 
Quick question regarding eSATA

I have my WD hard drive in an enclosure, attached to my computer by eSATA. I have an eSATA bracket with 2 female eSATAs plugged into two onboard SATA plugs. This, of course, means that it's not "hot swapable" or whatever. My question is that is it bad to turn off the enclosure when I'm not using it? And turn it back on when ever I need to back up my stuff. Because when I first installed it, I had to reboot for my computer to detect the HDD. Thanks!


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22 Feb 2010   #2
mvnsnd

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

That's really a question of your motherboard as some newer ones will support hot swap of sata drives. Does it show up as removable drive like a USB drive does? If not, then my advice is to add a dedicated eSATA card instead.
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22 Feb 2010   #3
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Go into the motherboard BIOS and look for AHCI mode. Switch to it and if you don't get a BSOD when you restart, you should be able to "hot swap".....if you do get a BSOD, just go back into the BIOS and switch back to IDE.

Make sure the controller you switch to AHCI is the eSATA controller NOT your controller that controls the main hard drive. This is important.

So, in short, switch the controller which controls the eSATA to AHCI and restart, then try it.

If you get a BSOD.....don't panic....just go back into the BOS and switch it back and look for the eSATA controller and switch it to AHCI.

All the best.
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22 Feb 2010   #4
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Give up on eSATA and go for USB 3.0 instead.
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22 Feb 2010   #5
win7clutz

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
Give up on eSATA and go for USB 3.0 instead.
Nonsense!
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23 Feb 2010   #6
terrorist96

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mvnsnd View Post
That's really a question of your motherboard as some newer ones will support hot swap of sata drives. Does it show up as removable drive like a USB drive does? If not, then my advice is to add a dedicated eSATA card instead.
No, it doesn't show up as a removable drive.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Go into the motherboard BIOS and look for AHCI mode. Switch to it and if you don't get a BSOD when you restart, you should be able to "hot swap".....if you do get a BSOD, just go back into the BIOS and switch back to IDE.

Make sure the controller you switch to AHCI is the eSATA controller NOT your controller that controls the main hard drive. This is important.

So, in short, switch the controller which controls the eSATA to AHCI and restart, then try it.

If you get a BSOD.....don't panic....just go back into the BOS and switch it back and look for the eSATA controller and switch it to AHCI.

All the best.
I have no idea what you just said.
What's AHCI and how do I select it? (I have "Dual BIOS" by the way).
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23 Feb 2010   #7
terrorist96

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1
 
 

By the way, I saw your Youtube video, Nate. I commented on it as well.
Could you please help me out with my enclosure?

Since last night, I put my computer to sleep, and turned off the enclosure from the back. When I turned my computer back on, the external wasn't on. I turned it on as well, but same thing. It's not detected. I'd have to restart every time for it to detect it. I didn't have this problem when I had a Toshiba external (which was terrible). It too was attached by eSATA and it would always turn off whenever it felt like it. No power options. But if I just manually turned it back on, it was detected. (I flashed it so I could get rid of the virtual CD and crappy backup tools that came with it).
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23 Feb 2010   #8
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by terrorist96 View Post
By the way, I saw your Youtube video, Nate. I commented on it as well.
Could you please help me out with my enclosure?

Since last night, I put my computer to sleep, and turned off the enclosure from the back. When I turned my computer back on, the external wasn't on. I turned it on as well, but same thing. It's not detected. I'd have to restart every time for it to detect it. I didn't have this problem when I had a Toshiba external (which was terrible). It too was attached by eSATA and it would always turn off whenever it felt like it. No power options. But if I just manually turned it back on, it was detected. (I flashed it so I could get rid of the virtual CD and crappy backup tools that came with it).
I'm sorry, but eSATA is a little tricky sometimes. You need the correct drivers. I would find out what controller is controlling your eSATA and update the drivers. Also, you need to find out what controller is handling the eSATA ports and switch it to AHCI. Your options might be limited depending on the setup, but it's worth a try. I don't know how else to explain it. I don't have much time as I'm working all day but you could try these things. It will work, if you have to look at the motherboard manual to find out....that might be the answer. If your eSATA id controlled by the same one that your boot disk is on.....you might be WAY more complicated. I will try to look into your boartd when I get a chance.
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23 Feb 2010   #9
terrorist96

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1
 
 

I checked in the BIOS and it's on IDE channel 2 slave.
I checked all of my BIOS and I didn't see anything called "AHCI" though. :\
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23 Feb 2010   #10
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I am sorry I don'r have more time. I even downloaded you motherboard manual and looked it over. I see all SATA ports are controlled by the ICH7 southbridge. You don't have a separate controller. I would make sure you have the latest driver for the chipset but eSATA can be a pain to get working....especially over the forums. I wish I could have the machine for a day.

Please find out if you have the latest drivers for the G31/ICH 7. I am in over my head at work. I hope someone can help. Here is the download link for you motherboard. That should help you or someone else who can help. I wish you all the best.

GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - Manual Download

You also might try a BIOS update if you are running F or under. Gigabyte boards are so easy it's worth a try. Here is my video on how to do that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFLRCwhjujM
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