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ASUS Maximus IV eSATA Drive Doesn't Work

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Hey guys, as you know according to my Sig Rig, I own a Maximus IV. I'm trying to install a Backup Drive through a Rosewill External Enclosure. I'm trying to use the two eSATA ports on the back of the motherboard, however the BIOs nor Windows will recognize the new Hard Drive.

I have ACHI enabled and I've also installed the JMicron Drivers, which I'm assuming are the eSATA Drivers and have them enabled through the BIOs. I can't even find the drive through Storage Management in Windows 7.

Could this be a Motherboard problem, a Hard Drive problem, or a External Enclosure problem? Maybe it's because I don't have Hot-swap enabled? Do I need that in order to use the eSATA ports?

Any answers would be appreciated, I'm praying its not the motherboard.
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Intel Core i7-2600K 4.6 GHz at 1.29v (HT Enabled) ASUS Maximus IV Extreme ATI 6990 16GB 
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Intel Core i7-2600K 4.6 GHz at 1.29v (HT Enabled) ASUS Maximus IV Extreme ATI 6990 16GB 
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OCZ Vertex 3 Windows 7 64-Bit Professional Enermax Revolution 1020w 
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I've got the same problem. It's just impossible to get my eSata drives (tried two different drives) to work. The JMicron controller scans for external drives, but doesn't find any. My sata confiiguration is also set to AHCI and I tried two different drivers for the controller (the one on the CD that came with the board and the newest one from JMicron).

Even stranger: if I connect the eSata drives via the front panel (which is connected to the Marvel controller), UEFI hangs at startup.

It seems to me that Asus screwed up on eSata support or delivered boards with bad controllers on them. Either way, this shouldn't happen on a €320 board!

I found a handful of people with the same issue's, but no solution. I'm going to try and contact Asus tomorrow because this is annoying. Promised myself never to by something from that company again after my 'adventure' with an AT5IONT-I motherboard but couldn't resist this one... I should've known better.
Edited by R_M - 5/1/11 at 10:45am
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