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External eSATA drive not recognized

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I bought (at work) a Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750Gb for archival purposes and it works like a charm under USB. My mobo has a eSATA port at the back. I got a eSATA cable, plugged 'er in and.... nothing.

Not recognized in Windows, no "New Hardware Detected" dings, doesn't show up in BIOS.

The specs for my work PC are:
Mobo: ASUS P5B (updated to latest BIOS, v1405)
CPU: Pentium D920 @ 2.8Ghz
RAM: 2Gb DDR2-667
OS: Win XP Pro SP2

Anyone have any ideas??

One thing of note (any anyone who has a FreeAgent Pro using eSATA can chime in here), but the eSATA port at the back of the external drive "feels" a bit loose. You don't get that satisfying "click" like when you plug it into the back of the PC
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Make sure the eSata Port is enabled and drivers are loaded plus also connect the USB cables as these generally supply the power for the external drive..
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The external drive has it's own power cord, so plugging in the USB for power wouldn't be the problem...

I'm gonna check the BIOS to see if there is an option to enable the eSATA connector.
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From what I've read online ... the P5B's are hit or miss regarding the eSATA port.

I was lucky enough to get mine to work ... but only with a SATA drive and a separately purchased eSATA enclosure.

A person here at OCN had the same problem as you with the very same drive (freeagent) ...

As far as I know ... he's never been able to get the eSATA port to work.

Don't know what the issue is ...
    
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