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My case has an esata port on the top which just plugs strait in to the sata on my mobo. I thought of course I could boot xp (for benching and stuff) from an external esata drive, but when I googled it I got mixed responses. Could I or could I not do this? I know windows doesn't boot from external drives, but would it be able to tell? thanks guys!
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It shouldn't be able to tell since it hooks to a normal sata port on the mobo. Are you trying to boot xp on your normal drives too? (like a dual boot) But as far as booting from a e-sata windows doesn't know the diff.
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ESATA and SATA are the same thing. It will work fine.
    
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if it in and esata>sata plug, then yes. But if it is controlled by a separate chipset (something like jmicron) then you need the raid drivers for it. But yes, it should work

PS I just notice you are talking about the CM690's esata. The answer is yes.
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Since the eSATA goes to a motherboard SATA port, your computer will think that the drive is internal.

And there's no reason that it won't work. eSATA is just SATA with the power cable all in one plug.
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I had a vista and an xp disc. When I got a virus and had to format ( 6 months ago) xp said my key was in use, and I was to lazy to call them and fix it, so I just installed vista. Imo (don't flame) I like the vista os better in almost every way, except I still wanna get a nice score in 3dmark, hence reinstalling xp.
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post #7 of 8
SATA = eSATA outside the case. The computer doesn't know the difference between SATA and eSATA; they are one in the same to the motherboard.

I've done it; don't worry. eSATA is great for both OS and extra external storage.
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Since the eSATA goes to a motherboard SATA port, your computer will think that the drive is internal.

And there's no reason that it won't work. eSATA is just SATA with the power cable all in one plug.
eSATA is a superset of SATA 3.0Gb/s. eSATA signaling is slightly different from normal SATA to allow longer cable lengths (2m vs 1m)


eSATA does NOT provide power to operate a HD (yet).
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