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Is eSATA and SATA the same thing? As in the connection can be interchanged?

I'm just wondering.
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post #2 of 10
im pretty sure that eSata is an external sata slot for plugging in external devices such as portable hard drives. they are supposed to be much faster than usb. so if you are looking for an external hard disk drive eSata would be more beneficial.
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Thats what i was wondering, b/c on a mobo i want to get it has SATA connections in the outside and was wondering if that was the same as eSATA. So I could use it for an external HDD.
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Even though eSATA is part of the SATA interface specifications, it uses a very different physical connector from the internal SATA connectors. The reason for this is to better shield the high speed serial lines used to transfer the signals from EMI protection. It also provides a 2m overall cable length compared to the 1m for internal cables. As a result the, the two cable types can not be used interchangeably.
Source: http://compreviews.about.com/od/storage/a/eSATA.htm
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By the way...what motherboard are you looking at?
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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Ellipsis View Post
By the way...what motherboard are you looking at?
This one:

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813131182

i wanted to use this external hdd:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136082
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post #7 of 10
You should be good to go. That board has two eSATA ports on the rear i/o panel. You may need to buy an eSATA cable separately though. I don't see it in the accessory bundle.

Here's a review of that board (they mention the eSATA):
http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=644
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post #8 of 10
esata has a different connection to sata.

You can't connect a sata drive to esate without some kind of adaptor. It's also slower.
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Don't mean to hijack your thread, but is it possible to boot from an external HDD via eSATA?
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post #10 of 10
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Don't mean to hijack your thread, but is it possible to boot from an external HDD via eSATA?
I'm positive that is possible.

And thx for clearing it up Ellipsis.
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