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hello i have two E-SATA port on my back panel and i want to use them when i invest into an external drive ive noticed that there are very few SATA external drives. I have found a reasonable enclosure though but its specification confuses me

It says internal interface is SATA II
and its external interface is USB 2.0

Does this mean that it converts the SATA data port into usb 2.0 or converts the molex/sata power into usb 2.0 ??? Or both if so is there a SATA external hard drive that you can recommend. prefrably around 60 - 80 GB

I want to store edit and play videos off my external so having the badwidth of SATA is the only way.

Product here
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=720500

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post #2 of 11
"Does this mean that it converts the SATA data port into usb 2.0 or converts the molex/sata power into usb 2.0" is what I think it means.

Try to find one that is direct and does not convert.
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post #4 of 11
Yeah, the internal interface tells you what kind of drive you can put inside of it. This can either be IDE or SATA.

The external interface tells you how it hooks up to your computer. This is usually USB or eSATA (or both), so you'll want to look for eSATA (where the e stands for "external"! ).

They also sometimes have Firewire or Ethernet as the connection, so there are plenty of choices.
    
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post #5 of 11
be careful I have had 3 mobo's with this and all 3 havent worked correctly

I have a eSATA plug and all I have been able to do is crash my computer all the time

for some reason my computer stops working correctly when I have one hooked up after some time and I get the "delayed write failure" message and the drive stops showing up in My Computer, sometimes it crashes

IMO just stay away from eSATA I have had less problems with a SATA to eSATA cord and running it from inside my computer off one of my internal SATA ports
post #6 of 11
I think you can only use your external sata if you are not using up all your internal sata or the corresponding internal to that external.
    
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post #7 of 11
External drives should say that they have both USB 2.0 and SATA output. I've seen a decent number of them.
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get this.....it's like 25 bucks and supports up to 1TB....
    
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post #9 of 11
This is the enclosure I have my 500Gb SATA drive in. It has USB 2 and eSATA. I could never get my eVGA 680i board to work with it as eSATA though. Like others said, the eSATA isnt that reliable on some boards. But my eVGA board didnt have true eSATA. Instead it had a bios option to turn an internal SATA port into an eSATA port.

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post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Aaroman View Post
I think you can only use your external sata if you are not using up all your internal sata or the corresponding internal to that external.
Nope. An eSATA port has a dedicated channel for it. I have never seen a motherboard that allocates SATA channels.

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Originally Posted by version2 View Post
External drives should say that they have both USB 2.0 and SATA output. I've seen a decent number of them.
SATA and eSATA are different things though. eSATA use a different more robust plug and have improved signaling standards.
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