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I just picked up a 750Gb Seagate external HDD that uses either USB or eSata. I prefer eSata because my board has it and it's supposed to be faster to USB. I glanced through the Asus manual and didn't find anything. How the heck can I get it to recognize the HDD? I read somewhere online not to install the JMicron drivers. This is new to me so any help is appreciated.
    
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I just picked up a 750Gb Seagate external HDD that uses either USB or eSata. I prefer eSata because my board has it and it's supposed to be faster to USB. I glanced through the Asus manual and didn't find anything. How the heck can I get it to recognize the HDD? I read somewhere online not to install the JMicron drivers. This is new to me so any help is appreciated.
*BUMP*

Cause I'm about to be in the same boat!

    
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Bunch of stuff online; here's a couple interesting threads quotes:

"Don said,
Wrote on January 20, 2007 @ 2:03 am
Well now, here’s a funny discovery. I borrowed an external HDD enclose that takes SATA drives and has an eSATA connector. Hooked it up via eSATA and all was fine. Drive was recognised etc. Using an adapter, I converted an internal SATA connector to eSATA and plugged in the drive. All ok. Then i attached the drive directly to the motherboard’s SATA but still sourced power from the external box. It worked ! But as soon as I hooked the drive to the power from the PSU, PC would not start. It’s certainly looking more and more that the PSU is the problem. It’s an Antec HE 550. There is enough juice (I’ve removed other devices) but there is just some incompatibility going on. I can probably replace a PSU for less than a Motherboard, but I need to check other forums to see if this PSU is somehow causing problems for this setup."


...

"I finally figured out what the problem was though. Turns out the enclosure I got is really picky with the eSATA cable you use with it. At first, I had tried using these nicer looking eSATA cables I purchased separately. After almost giving up I decided to try the eSATA cable that came with the enclosure. It worked.

Don't know why it wouldn't work with the other eSATA cables I have. "


...

"OK - its works

I messed about with settings, and in the BIOS i set the Jmicron to RAID

On booting, i did a CTRL + J to enter the RAID setup , and it told me there were not enough disks to make a Raid array - no problem , it left the disk showing up as Non-Raid , and i exited.
I let it get into Vista, and the "installing new software" bubble came up. Once it was finished, i went into device manager to see what was new, and under ata/Ide controllers, there were 8 entries for ata controllers, 4 channel 0 , and 4 channel 1 , with an exclaimation mark on them.
I downloaded the latest drivers for Vista on the Jmicron site, and installed them.
When finished, the drive came up on autoplay, and was present in Explorer.
A couple of reboots later and the drive is still there.

Yeyyyy !"


...

Just randomly found and posted here.

Lord. I hope mine works when I get it this week! I don't have anymore available PCI slots so if it's a dud, then I'll have to run all my drives internal.

    
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I did not have to install any JMicro Drivers, but you do have to enable it in the bios to use the onboard esata port. In the Onboard Device Configurations screen I set JMicron SATA/PATP Controller to enable and the Controller Mode to IDE and was able to boot to an eSATA drive.
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I did not have to install any JMicro Drivers, but you do have to enable it in the bios to use the onboard esata port. In the Onboard Device Configurations screen I set JMicron SATA/PATP Controller to enable and the Controller Mode to IDE and was able to boot to an eSATA drive.
I remember coming across that in the bios. I think mine is already set that way (I'll double check). But I'm not booting to the external drive, only using it for storage. Does that make a difference?
    
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I remember coming across that in the bios. I think mine is already set that way (I'll double check). But I'm not booting to the external drive, only using it for storage. Does that make a difference?
I dont think it would make a difference. Check those setting and let us know if it works. I dont remember having to change anything else to get my system to use the sata drive.
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Yeah it was enabled and set to IDE by default but nothing pops up when I hit the desktop.

USB 2.0 works flawlessly btw but I don't why this eSata is such a pain. I must have missed something.
    
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well... what my dad did....
he just plugged the sata slot pci-slot taker upper thing.... into a regular onboard sata slot.... and just uses it like that and it runs quick and fine
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Yeah it was enabled and set to IDE by default but nothing pops up when I hit the desktop.

USB 2.0 works flawlessly btw but I don't why this eSata is such a pain. I must have missed something.
I installed the jmicron drivers on my P5K and it works great.
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Yeah it was enabled and set to IDE by default but nothing pops up when I hit the desktop.

USB 2.0 works flawlessly btw but I don't why this eSata is such a pain. I must have missed something.
If you can't find a solution using the onboard eSATA, then definitely look around for one of those eSATA to SATA, back-panel slot brackets which simply connect to one of your MB's regular SATA ports; it looks like the USB slot bracket that ships with the P5B-Dlx except it creates two eSATA ports on the backpanel instead of USB.

The eSATA will have the same speeds as your internal SATA's so comparing to USB function of the drive is useless ... there's really no comparison.

Also, Promise (as indicated by Silviastuds earlier sale, does make eSATA PCI cards .... but in my own case that won't work cause I have no more PCI slots.

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