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Hi:

I have an internal drive in a hard disk enclosure that has USB 2.0 and esata. I never used the esata on my old computer because it didn't work properly but I can't remember the details.

With my new computer I decided to try it again and it seemed to work. I plug in the drive and turn it on and it is recognized in Windows 7 and I can use the drive normally. But when I turn off the drive it does not disconnect. And when I shutdown the computer, Windows 7 freezes at the shutdown screen.

I have the esata drive attached to one of the possibly defective P67 sata2 ports so that is always a possibility. However everything appears to be working except when turning off the drive so I rather doubt that is the problem.

Thanks for any ideas, Kent
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post #2 of 10
Have you tried to "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media?"
A lot of people call me a moron or look at me like a moron when I do it but I like to use it to make sure a write or something still isn't sitting in memory. Plus half the time you do it with a USB drive you end up with messages that it needs scanned. I've had an external eSATA enclosure for about a year now and I've never seen what you are talking about. My eSATA has been just fine.

So I wonder if you've tried that before shutting it off?
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Thanks for the idea SteelTrepid. I couldn't find where the drive was specifically listed in the safely remove hardware. So I just removed whatever was there but it still didn't work. The drive was not removed and it froze on shutdown. It still shouldn't freeze though even if I didn't remove it, right. Something else is not right. Thanks again.
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post #4 of 10
Something is wrong but I can't seem to put my finger on it. I think I'm missing something obvious or I'm trying to do to many things at one time.
When I right click on the "remove hardware" icon in the notification area, it actually gives me decent information for me on my devices attached? Matter of fact it says " - eSATA (G: )". Sometimes though when I don't have good information and/or I have a bunch of USB drives attached and other stuff, I will open up Windows Explorer to verify the drive letter of the drive I want to remove so I don't pick the wrong one.

I'll keep thinking about this and post more information if I can come up with something. Removable devices are so wonderful. The only time I've seen my laptop hangup at shutdown is when my BlueTooth driver goes flaky. On occasion when I open the lid of my laptop and my computer wakes up I won't have my BlueTooth devices. When I go to shut down I eventually end up with a BSOD. On my desktop, if I have my eBook reader plugged in at boot.....it gets hung up during startup. I was puzzled and worried about my desktop for a few minutes until I noticed the eBook Reader was plugged in and gave that a shot.
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post #5 of 10
I have never got eSATA to work for me :O!

kinda gave up on it altogether lol, best of luck to OP though, great speeds
    
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They do offer great speeds but I don't like the inconvenience of two cables (separate power). I was transferring large files from my computer to a USB 3.0 flash drive and my eSATA drive over the weekend and was just amazed that the 1GB files took a few seconds to copy to the eSATA drive while taking at least 30 seconds to transfer to the flash drive. USB 3.0 will get better though, my flash drive is one of the low end Super Talent drives that only cost $24 for a 16GB. I can't wait until the faster drives are more affordable.
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post #7 of 10
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Thanks. I really appreciate the help. I have a USB 3.0 Hard Drive enclosure that I just bought with the new Hitachi SATA3 drive and it is really fast. Maybe I'll get another. I need to store some files off site. I am paranoid about losing my important files.
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post #8 of 10
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I figured something out. The drive will work in esata in the back ports just as you say. It shows up and I can remove the drive. It is the front port on my HAF X case that won't work. The cable is attached to a SATA2 port on the motherboard. For some reason it freezes Windows. I could use the ones on the back but that is not as convenient for me.
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I'm thinking I recall some BIOS that have settings or options for ports to be used as eSATA. I had a long day with service calls so I'm quite tired so I can't recall for sure. It sounds like something I recall seeing on a few systems?
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post #10 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SteelTrepid;12353675 
I'm thinking I recall some BIOS that have settings or options for ports to be used as eSATA. I had a long day with service calls so I'm quite tired so I can't recall for sure. It sounds like something I recall seeing on a few systems?

Yes there are options for eSATA in the BIOS. They are all enabled. But the front port I am trying to get working is attached to a P67 SATA2 port 4 and so it should work unless something is faulty. I think I can make due with the back one that is working so trying to get the front one working is just a challenge for me and is bugging me.
Edited by Kent10 - 2/12/11 at 6:10am
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