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Can I move eSATA Drive into case without reformatting the drive?

Q: Can I move eSATA Drive into case without reformatting the drive?

I backed up files from one 1TB eSATA drive to another 1TB eSATA drive. It now occurs to me that it might have been better to have installed the backup drive in my computer case [less clutter on my desk].

Not wanting to do the backup all over again, can I simply install the drive in my computer without having to reformat the drive [and lose everything]?

Thanks in advance.

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A: Can I move eSATA Drive into case without reformatting the drive?

I wouldn't think you should encounter any problems by installing it in your case. After doing some searching I couldn't find anthing that says it won't work.Fabe

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I plugged in my eSATA drive while CrystalDiskInfo was running and the computer froze. There was no way to regain control of the computer so I restarted.

So now this eSATA drive is not recognized by the computer. The eSATA drive works in another computer.

What's really weird is that another eSATA drive I have works in the computer where the crash happened.

I've tried uninstalling all drivers (both hidden and visible) in Device Manager that relate to the drive.

The eSATA drive also has a USB 2 connection, and that still works fine in both computers.

A:eSATA drive not detected--can CrystalDiskInfo damage an eSATA drive


Its unlikely to be the software. The fact that your other eSATA drive works fine, points to a connection issue on the first one. Have you tried swapping the cables?


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I've been using an eSATA drive since Win 7 and had no problem with Windows backup. Now, since Sunday morning, backup considers that drive 'removable' media and won't back up to it.

Any ideas out there?

(Since I couldn't do a Windows backup, I configured Macrim to do it, but I don't understand why Windows won't back up)

Win 7 Pro 64 bit Version 10.0.10586 Build 10586
AMD FX-8370 4.0gHz
Gigabyte FZ990-UD3
nVidia GTX 1080 FE
32G DDR3 1600 memory

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I recently bought an old used PC (Dell XPS Gen. 2 ? Pentium 4 3.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM), installed my 1 TB SATA hard drive and a new install of Windows XP SP3. I?ve also got an IDE hard drive in there with lots of media files on it. I?ve been trying to copy or move files from an external USB hard drive to the IDE drive, but nearly every time I try to do so, Windows Explorer (or Q-Dir) will lock up, with the progress bar showing very little progress. I have been able to copy a few small files successfully, but anything else seems to crash it. I?ve checked for DMA/PIO status and have found that it has reverted to PIO several times, and I?ve deleted the primary IDE channel in device manager so that it would reinstall with DMA mode. The problem persists. My device manager shows two primary IDE channels and one secondary IDE channel. I have the 1 SATA hard drive, 1 IDE hard drive, and 1 SATA DVD burner installed.
Any ideas?


A:Windows XP locks up when I try to copy or move files from external drive to IDE drive

can you write a file to the drive?
any files you can open on the drive? Or do you get access denied when you try to open a file?

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So I moved my Desktop directory from my C: drive to my D: drive by right clicking the Desktop folder, going to Properties > Location and then choosing my D: drive (as was shown in a tutorial online) but when I did that, all of the files on my D: drive showed up on my Desktop.

I thought they were just copies and put them in the recycling bin, but they auto-deleted (so now i've lost a lot of data) and I can't restore anything because my backups failed.

How do I move my Desktop directory back to the C: drive? I can't find the original Desktop folder anywhere, when I right click the D: drive, go "Properties > Location > Restore Default" I get an error saying:

"Failed to build the list of regular subfolders under "D:\2443d7f70e90448a534b5d2222" Access denied."

Again, my backups have all failed, so I have no idea what to do.

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Hi guys, computer's running a lil bit slow and wont allow me to install my new mobile phone software as c drive memory is full, i've tried my best to move things to the d drive hard disk but its still really full...

is there any safe way of transferring most of the programs and files over to the second hard drive?

many thanks,

A:Solved: how do i move files from c drive to d drive (both hard drives)

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HiI would like to move all files from drive D to drive C on a B50-70. Can I safely do that?Do I need to close all programs running to do that transfer?  There are only 2 folders in drive D:Drivers and Applications D drive size is 26GBC is the larger drive D drive is named Lenovo; seems it was shipped this way.    

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While preparing to move my boot drive to an SSD, I found that $PatchCache$ is over 3gb! I understand from reading that these are artifacts of updates and installs I have done over time and they should not be deleted.  Can I move them to my slower E: drive and redirect via a mountpoint or some other method ?

A:Installer\$PatchCache$ on OS drive is very big - How can I move it to a secondary drive

You cannot be able to move $PatchCache$ to other drive. You can delete files under this directory if you want, and your applications will continue to run normally.DO NOT delete %WINDIR%\Installer no matter how large it might be. Leave %WINDIR%\Installer severely alone.
I have found a work around for you:Click Start button, input “cmd” right-click command prompt and click run as Administrator.Type the following command to remove the Windows Installer baseline cache:rmdir /q /s %WINDIR%\Installer\$PatchCache$
You must stop the Windows Installer service for the change to take effect.You can set the MaxPatchCacheSize system policy to 0, so that the patch cache will not be created for this or any other products when patched.
To see “Freeing additional space” of the article: http://blogs.msdn.com/heaths/archive/2009/08/09/atl-security-update-kb971092-still-offered-on-microsoft-update.aspxHope it will help you!

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My attempted upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 stopped with the message that my System Reserved Partition was too small. Sure enough, my research indicated that Windows 10 requires a larger petition. I used MiniTool to extend the partition and discovered that my System Reserved Partition, which Windows has assigned drive letter E:, was on a different drive than I thought. Attached is a snip capture of my disk management screen.

Disk 2 has the OEM Windows installation, which is now in drive G:. I added a 500GB SSD as Disk 0 and cloned the original disk. I added Disk 1 and Disk 3 for additional storage. In the transition, somehow the Drive E: System Reserved Partition ended up on Disk 1. I used MiniTool to extend the Data partition on Disk 0 (from 100 MB to 408 MB) as well as the System Reserved Partition Drive E on Disk 1 (from 100 MB to 533 MB). There seem to be a few glitches from the resizing that I need to clean up. The worst seems to be related to an error messsage that C:\Windows\Prefetch is corrupt and unreadable. This is related to Adobe Creative Cloud and I haven't tried to fix it yet. I think that there are pointers to the G: drive rather than the C: drive.

After seeing that my disk management is a bit messed up, I decided to post here rather than proceed with the Windows 10 upgrade. I want to have the System Reserved Partition Drive E on Disk 0. (Do I need a Drive E:?) I think the Gateway C: drive on Disk 0 needs to made Active. And I think I need to tell ... Read more

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I purchased a Sabrent 3.5 IDE external drive case so I can put in a Western Digital 500gb PATA drive. When we plug it into the USB port, it starts to recognize the drive and Windows 7 says that it is installing the driver and then we get the message driver installed failed. Anyone have any suggestions on how to make this recognized?

The manufactures website says the drive is recognized up to a 3tb and supports Standard Desktop 3.5″ IDE/PATA Desktop Hard Drives. It is a model ECS-U35K


Paul DiModica

A:External Drive case not recognizing hard drive

Hello dimodical,

Try opening up Disk Management with the external drive connected. See if Disk Management see the drive or not. If it sees the drive right click on the drive and try to initialize\format the drive.

Hope this helps

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I recently bought a brand new ASUS laptop running Win 7 Home Premium. While customizing it to suit me, I started to shrink the C: drive so I could create a second, logical partition for programs and files. The idea was to shrink the primary partition down to 120GB (out of 1TB) and use the rest for whatever I wanted. I used Easus Partition Master to do this by combining both steps, something I've done multiple times on other computers using this program without a problem. Something went wrong this time and now it won't recognize the OS at all so I called ASUS, they tried walking me through restoring my machine using the Recovery Partition, but it said "Invalid System Disc" and basically the error said "I can't find your boot disc, insert one or point me in the direction of the one you want to use". This is the error it has been giving me all along. Anyway, the tech said my drive had been erased and I would need to buy another OS or recovery disc (like too many new machines, this one didn't even come with a restore disc) so off I went and bought a fresh copy of Win 7 Home Premium, the full version so I could do the install. As I'm going through the process, my machine tells me that I can't install Windows on any of my partitions because the drive has a GPT format. All my research showed ways of reformatting the drive, but only if you had access to a functioning Windows installation. Is there a way to reformat my drive into NTFS so I can do a reinstall or lie... Read more

A:Reformatting a GPT drive into an NTFS drive

What you really are requesting is how to convert a GPT disk to one thatr uses an MBR:

Change a GUID partition table disk into a master boot record disk: Storage Services

Rather than running diskpart from Windows, you can boot from the Windows DVD:

Using DiskPart on the Windows 7 DVD : Guides

I haven't done it, but I think it's what you need.

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I have been planning to reformat my computer for some days now and i downloaded all the files i'd need to reformat and compressed them into a single rar file to put onto my d drive.

Although when i go to move theses filesonto my d drive i get a message saying: cannot copy "reformatfiles": There is not enough free disk space
Delete one or more files to free disk space, and then try again
Free space on this drive by deleteting old or unnecessary diles click disk cleanup.

So i cleaned up the disk. nothing more that can be take fromt here.

The thing that has got me stumped is that the file is only 7.22 GB and i have 16.88GB free on my D drive.

as an added note, i have 7.40 GB free spaceon my c drive (where the file currently resizdes.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:[SOLVED] I cant move file from c drive to d drive

Hi Thegirlnextdoor !

What kind of drive is drive D ? If it's a regular hard drive then make sure drive D is formated in NTFS. If it's still in the old FAT32 format then you can't copy files bigger than 4GB on it. To know what file system your drive uses right-click my computer => manage => disk management. If it's a regular hard drive that you will always be using on a Windows 2000/XP/Vista system then you can convert the file system to NTFS.

If you don't want to change the file system, for instance if you want to be able to use that drive with a Windows 95/98/Me/NT or Linux operating system - or if drive D is one big USB flash drive, in which case it's formated in FAT16 and you shouldn't change the file system - then recompress your rar file in volumes smaller than 4GB.

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Hi all,

I think I might be posting this in the wrong section, but I didnt see anything related to Hard Drives for sections, so I thought I'd post it here. Sorry if it's incorrect. Anyways, onto the problem.

So I bought my laptop, and its an ASUS G55V, with a 750GB HDD. Unfortunately, it came partitioned with a (D: ) drive. I tried departioning it, and it worked. But what happened is that it just removed the space from the (D : drive, and wouldnt let me allocate it to the (C: ) drive! Not sure why... Am I doing something wrong? I'll show you what I did.

I navigated to Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools, then to Computer management. I then went to disk management, and shrunk my (D: )drive as much as it would let me. Then it wouldnt let me expand my (C: ) drive! Not sure what to do. Here's some pics:

This shows the main drive, the partion, and the unallocated space. Now look what happens when I try to expand the (C: ) drive:

I'm unsure of what to do.. Can anyone help me? I want all my space on my main (C: ) drive, as well it makes it easier..

Thanks for the help!

A:How to move a HDD partition over to your (C:) drive (boot drive)


Use Partition Wizard to expand C: into the unallocated space left when you deleted D:. The Windows Disk Management tools are not as good as the free tools of Partition Wizard.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD


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My C drive is almost full which limits what programs I can run. How do I either expand the C drive or move some of its contents?
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 640 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 5 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 5887 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 28 GB (1 GB Free); D: 0 GB (0 GB Free); F: 1385 GB (786 GB Free); G: 11 GB (1 GB Free); H: 298 GB (166 GB Free);
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

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I bought an external drive case almost 2 months ago, and was unable to install windows XP with it, the bios was set so it would be the first boot device, it booted and recognized windows XP but you could only get so far into the process of installing it, I vaguely remember getting to the point where you decide your disk partitions, but then some standard error (I know I should have written it down )

(both the external case and the CDRW were brand new)

So I ended up getting XP to install with the same disk drive hooked up to the IDE cable instead

didnt really know if it worked that time because it wasnt in the external case, or if it just happened to work for some other reason

so I just left the CDRW hooked up to the IDE cable, as I was really planning on getting a DVD drive to put into the case anyway, sort of a portable DVD player for computers, the way I figured it

but anway, Iv just now gotten around to buying an LG DVD RW, and put it in the external case ( wich is Manhatten brand ) and the computer recognizes it and all, as a USB DVD-RAM drive Device manager says it working and all that

but, it doesnt seem to recognize any disks I put in it, says the Disk is the wrong format when I try to watch a DVD, no matter what kind of disk I put in it, Iv tried to watch two DVDs on it, and it wont even let me make a data disk with the software bundled with it, you can get to about the last step, and the browse button, the one to decide what "Current Recorder" will b... Read more

A:USB external Drive case should all functions of the drive right?

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I'm trying to vet my research results before shopping for a purchase. (I'm pretty new at deciphering specs.) The question here is in reference to the tutorial Portable OS - Carry your OS on an External Drive found here: Portable OS - Carry your OS on an External Drive

Requirements in the tutorial suggest an external SSD utilizing a USB 3 port. Unfortunately my laptop does not have USB 3. However, I do have an eSata port in addition to the USB 2 ports.

If my research returned me the correct information, these are the maximum speeds for the ports:
USB 2.0: 480Mbps
USB 3.0: 4.8GBPS
eSATA: 5Gbps
If I am connecting the dots right as referenced in the tutorial, using an external SSD w/ eSATA connection would provide me with the best choice for running an OS from an external drive.

Am I missing anything?

Thanks for your guidance.


A:use eSATA for external drive?

Yes, with USB overheads you will not get 60 MB/s (480 Mbps). You will get 35 MB/s best. These days I would not even consider it for an exernal hard drive.

eSATA, in princple and practice will give you the full bandwidth an external hard drive can deliver. A good eSATA chipset will deliver up to about 250 MB/s in practice - this is limited by SATA 2.0. For a hard drive you should get the maximum rate the hard drive can deliver. If you have an SSD that can do more than 250 MB/s, it will be limited to about 250 MB/s.

It is the best you can do in any case.

You will have to get an external eSATA drive or an eSATA external enclosure to put a drive in.

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I just bought an external hard-drive which has e-sata and usb 2.0 connectivity options.

I was planning to use e-sata when connecting to my desktop pc and using usb when connecting to a mediaplayer device.

So, when I plugged in this drive to my e-sata port, I was expecting it to work like an usb drive, like a pop-up at the system tray letting me know a new drive was found and that it would disappear when I would put the drive off. But this didn't work, windows didn't recognise the drive was there or connected. I checked the internal cable in my casing, there was a cable from the mobo to this external port. So I tried powering up my pc while this drive was attached and on. This time windows found the drive but as if it was an internal drive, meaning, it showed up in windows explorer as a fixed drive, but no system tray icon or the option to eject it. So when I put the drive off, it didn't disappear, as if it was still connected.

I googled a bit and found out that there is an option in the bios to change your sata drives from ide to ahci. Took me a while to switch to ahci, because stupid windows didn't boot up when this was changed. Options are to reinstall windows after this switch or to fool around with drivers and registry settings (see: hxxp://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=106575.0 also worked for asus mobo)

I saw that ahci isn't per se better than the ide setting, especially if you're not an advanced user, but ahci makes... Read more

A:eSATA drive not recognized

Sadly, "switching horses in midstream" so to speak doesn't work, and the OS must be reinstalled with "ACHI" selected at the outset.

I think this thread is essentially the same issue; http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic144050.html Have a look.

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I am having problems with a 1.5TB drive (2 drives actually as I have tried another with the same results) connected to an ESATA lead.
I can read and write to both perfectly well until 366GB free space remains then they lock up or crash the system.
If I go into Linux I can read and write no problems, so Vista is my problem. I had similar troubles before when they were NTFS and now they are EXT3 I thought I had beaten the Vista bug, but no so.
I think I had Vista installed on them previously (as a boot drive) but have formatted many times since.
Can Vista write to a specific area of the disk when installed and its impossible to remove these files so when I now try to write to this area Vista crashes. If this is the case can I do a low level format to clear these files, the drives are Samsung and the only tool I can find is ES tools (this will only run from A drive!! who has a floppy these days?) and cant run this.
I just tried copying a file, vista crashed, I changed the drive to USB2 copied the file no problem (but slow!!)
Any ideas?

A:Esata drive problems

Make and model of the drives?

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Ah, the fun of new builds. Worked out most of the problems, but keep coming across new ones ::sigh::

M2N-SLI Deluxe motherboard, Western Digital MyBook 500GB.

WD works fine under USB. I bought it for the supposedly fast speeds of eSATA, so I got a cable when I bought the system. The board has an eSATA connector built in.

Today, I hooked up. Nothing. Not recognized in BIOS, and then of course not in Windows. Enabled all the SATA/Raid drivers available. Not sure what the problem is, and since eSATA is brand new to me, not sure where to begin ('cept of course in the BIOS)

Any help appreciated!


A:eSATA drive not recognized.

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Checking with a local custom pc builder who quoted me, since I now have an older pc, I asked them asked about an external eSata drive.

They told me you can get an exteranl eSata, but the connections must be usb2 or fireware.
That there is really no such thing as an eSata connection running from an desktop port to the external.

Yet somewhere else locall now tells me this is incorrect.

Is this basic question true or isn't it? Can you run an eSata line from a desktop port to an external drive?

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I installed an eSata PCIE card in order to use my Seagate FreeAgent external HDD in sata mode. There are no conflicts or warnings showing in Device Manager for the eSata card however the drive does not appear in My Computer. Just FYI, my PC is a recent model and it's existing internal HDD's are sata. My OS is Vista Home Premium x64. Any trouble shooting tips or suggestions appreciated!


A:eSata Drive Does Not Appear In My Computer

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How do I set my motherboard's extra RAID controller to support removable esata drives? I have one of those Vantec sata drive docks that you slap an internal drive in and can eject it out with a button.v It connects over sata. Right now I can safely remove the drive, but if I power cycle the dock or remove/replace the hd, it doesn't add the hard drive back until reboot. What I've done... Set the JMicron controller in the BIOS to ACHI Load JMicron's esata driver (the disablewritecache one) Any additional advice?

A:Hotswap eSATA Drive?

It seems this is not an eSATA featured controller, just SATA.

With SATA, provided that you use the sata-style power cable, and not the old 4pinned one, it's safe to remove and plug any drive, any time...only problem, if they're not eSATA, the OS needs to refresh its devices or restart in order to detect them. (Device Manager - Scan for hardware changes).

Some controllers do that though with a similar simplicity like pluggin and removing a USB...

In simple terms, the device must support eSATA.

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I have an external eSATA drive in a Nexstar case connected to one of the eSATA ports on the motherboard (Asus P9X79-LE). When I power the drive on, it is detected and the volume automounts, but when I have finished with it (I use it for backup) Windows appears to have no way to eject the volume before powering it off and removing it. The "Safely remove hardware" icon in the system tray doesn't list it as one of the devices that can be ejected, and when I right-click on the drive in Windows Explorer, there is no "Eject" option on the right-click menu as there is for a USB drive.

Is there a method to eject the volume - ie the equivalent of the Linux "umount /dev/partitionID" command, which I can use in Linux to unmount such a drive before removing it.

A:How do I eject an eSATA drive?

I use this Sync from sys internals to flush the buffer to disk and then just disconnect.

You could also eject it from disk management (type R then diskmgmt.msc then right click on the disk and remove the drive letter) or from diskpart (type diskpart on command prompt, then list disk, ​select disk 1 (or whatever), remove all noerr (to unmount all partitions)

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Hello all,

I seem to be having a problem with two external SATA (eSATA) hard drive enclosure boxes I've recently put into service. Also, recently, I built a new desktop system running Vista Ultimate 32-bit. My motherboard has two rear eSATA ports in the I/O panel, so I figured it was a good time to start using that as well.

In each enclosure, I have a 250 gig Seagate SATA drive, both of which have previously been in service and presented no problems. With Vista running, I turn the power switches on for the enclosures and Vista immediately recognizes the drives, they appear in Computer, and I can access the data on them with no trouble. However, it seems that after they remain powered on for a period of time (I haven't been able to quantify how long), they stop working in that they are no longer accessible, even though they still are listed in Computer, and they hang the system to the point where all I can do is turn the drives off and reboot.

I'm completely new to eSATA, so I'm not yet familiar with the protocols and limits for cabling and power up / power down, so that's where I'll start with my questions. I've read different things about cable length, some sources say 1-meter max, others say 2-meters. My physical setup is such that a 1-meter cable will not reach from the I/O panel on my PC to where the enclosures are placed, so with complete lack of prior knowledge, I took two (2) 1-meter cables and connected them together using a femal... Read more

A:eSATA drive problem -- need help :)

#1 http://www.serialata.org/documents/HowtoselecttherighteSATAconnectorandcabler11-fc2.pdf

#2 this is Dependant on the Sata chipset you have, some support hot plug and some do not. Most do not support hot unplug. If it supports Hot Swap this means it supports both.

3. I can say e-Sata is much faster than USB, but again throughput for either USB or e-Sata is Dependant on the chips/controllers, some are faster than others.

Are you using shielded esata cables?

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i have an external seagate hard drive that has USB and eSATA. i have used usb for about 2 years with it. I got an eSata cable to connect from the external drive to my sata PCI card. I am using windows 7 PRO. when using the esata the PC sees it but after a while it will disappear. i have to either reboot or goto - my computer - right click manage- computer management - then scan for hardware changes.

A:esata drive will disappear after a while.?

When I had a problem like that, it was due to a defective cable. Check in your BIOS, there should be a LAN checker there that can test it.

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I have W7 x64 and have a hard drive attached to an eSata port on my PC.

When I have not been using my PC for a few minutes the attached drive seems to go to sleep, and if I copy large folder (>20Gig) from my main (C) hard drive to my eSata drive the speed starts okay then slows to virtually nothing after 20 minutes.

If I try to access the drive in explorer it takes a few seconds after I click on the drive to show the contents, this does not happen if I click on my C: drive.

I have my Power settings set to High Performance and my Hard Drive "Sleep" settings set to Never.

How do I keep my attached eSata drive from going to sleep (or whatever the problem is)



A:eSata drive goes to sleep


Surely someone has a solution the try.



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I had an external eSata drive installed and working in an Akasa enclosure. It all worked well until I had to change my 2 computers around, I had to uncable the laptop to which it is connected, When I reconnected it, the external drive wasn't picked up by Win 7 but after a lot of faffing around it did come back. I'm not aware of doing anything specific to get it back. Last night however, I forgot to use 'Remove hardware safely' in the system tray and shut the laptop down, then turned the external drive off.

So now, when I boot up the laptop the external is missing again and I notice that the little icon in the system tray (remove hardware) is missing as well. It doesn't show in Disk Management, Windows Explorer or Powerdesk.

How do I get my drive back and why is this happening? There is nothing in the BIOS to do with eSata, this is an HP DV6-2113SA Pavilion laptop.

A:My external eSata drive not seen.

Check that the eSATA and power cables are securely connected.

If you have another eSATA cable try swapping it out.

The 'Safely Remove Hardware' won't show up if the connections aren't making contact.

Most laptop eSATA connections don't have a solid feeling connector make sure it's working correctly by plugging in another eSATA cable and by plugging your external into a different computer.

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I guess I am used to removing a drive when done on USB...and I used to do this with eSATA. However, while I can still do this on USB is there any way to remove my eSATA drive when I am done? Some have said you do not need to in Win 10 and we can just shut it down and others say to use software like Hotswap.

Does anyone have the answer?

A:How to best remove eSATA drive?

Originally Posted by MPSAN

I guess I am used to removing a drive when done on USB...and I used to do this with eSATA. However, while I can still do this on USB is there any way to remove my eSATA drive when I am done? Some have said you do not need to in Win 10 and we can just shut it down and others say to use software like Hotswap.

Does anyone have the answer?

Pull it out when the PC is off.

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Hi Dudes

Just bought ( should arrive in a day or so ) a Lacie 2Big Dual 1T external raid drive ( via eSATA ). Just a quick thought, As I plan to use it in a Raid 0 set up do I need to make any adjustments to my bios or install the JMicron drivers so Vista can utilise the raid as well as my other three, non raid, sata drives.

I've looked at the manual and doeesn't mention any thing about it.

Or is it simply plug it in and forget.

A:eSATA Raid drive

Hi Damocles,

You will usually need to set your BIOS and RAID controller settings for this. I would also check with your motherboard's software download site and use the latest chipset, BIOS, RAID drivers, etc.. to help make your system more stable.

This tutorial by Grimace may help to.

Raid Install

Hope this helps,

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I bought a Toshiba 1TB external desktop hard drive with eSATA and USB. I mainly got it for the eSATA because my laptop, a HP Pavilion dv7 has an eSATA/USB port on the side.

However, whenever I plug the drive in using eSATA nothing happens. The first time I did however, a bubble popped up and told me it was installing the device, so I am fairly sure that it isn't an issue with the actual port or cord. I'm kind of thinking that if I uninstalled it and reinstalled it then it would work, however I have no idea how or where to go to do that.

I did try reinstalling all of the USB drivers but that didn't help at all.

Also, if I leave the hard drive plugged in when I do a reboot, before I get into windows, an error message will come up telling me to insert bootable disk and hit any key, even though I always boot from my internal hard drive.

The drive also does work using USB, however I would really rather use it with eSATA.

I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit.

Hopefully someone can help me out.

A:eSATA drive not being recogonized

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Okay, here is one for ya. What I would like to do is run MAME or any other emulator from eSATA drive. The drive would probably be 120GB, the question.....Is this possible? I know you can run any emulator from a separate drive, dual drives, usb, etc. But the question of speed, data transfer, and localization of the software comes into play. If everything is stored on the eSATA drive, MAME, ROM files, etc, then it should work fine. I just wonder about speed, is the eSATA drive fast enough that it won't pause for information or lock up due to not a quick enough response. The reason for this is that I am in the process of moving and do not want to take the arcade unit with me. Yet, I love my games so buying a wireless control pad (8-Button) and being able to just pull out the drive and plug her in would be easier. What do you think?

A:eSATA drive for gaming

not too sure if this question would be acceptable with the moderators. will wait to see what they say.

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Does anyone have any recommendations of a eSATA external backup drive please. I have a Qosimo F60 with a eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port

Thank you

A:eSATA Backup Drive for Qosimo F60

I don't know what do you want to do exactly but I presume you want to have external HDD for data back-up, right?

On my machine I have identical port and use external HDD in slim case connected with USB2.0 cable.
Data transfer is OK and I think you can use the same option.

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I have an ASUS CG5270, Win 7.
My external HD has an Esata/USB connection, but there are no Esata ports on my computer.
Is there a card I can get, and is the extra speed worth it?

A:Solved: Esata external Drive

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Ok i have a Seagate freeagent pro 500g external HDD. Was running usb but new MB has esata so i wanted to give it a go. Well not so easy as i thought.

If esata drive is hooked to port when computer loads ,Bios sees the drive but wont get past the windows load screen.

Unpluged from port and windows loads fine. So i plug it in and windows makes the normal noise but nuthing shows up. Wait 7 mins a drive apears but will always cause page to stop responding.

Usb still works fine jus rather esata due to larg files

A:esata drive not shown in windows.

Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Diskmanagement = No drive seen

I am running in Achi also.

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Merry Christmas all -

I have an external 320gb USB2 & esata drive, both interfaces work well with my media centre.

I just purchased and installed a basic internal sata to an esata port mounted to a back plate. Hope this is clear (Back plate with an esta port with an internal cable that plugs directly into a sata port on the motherboard.

As i'm sure this does not support plug and play I thought I would connect the drive then reboot. When I do this windows only gets to the loading windows splash screen then does not move. If i boot without the drive then turn it on windows does not see it.

Would anyone know why windows will not boot with it attached, maybe something I need to change in the bios??

A:External Esata drive with Windows 7

Yes check the bios with the drive attached and powered up, check the hard drive boot priority, the bios may have set the new drive as the first hard drive to boot from, change it to last or set it as a non bootable device. All bios's are a little bit different, so you may have to do some detective work in yours, to find the setting.

Post your PC Make and Model, maybe someone has the same one and has specific knowledge of the setting and will post.



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Hi Guys,

Just after some general advice. I've had the same problem with Win 7 and Win 8 Pro and could do with a resolve just because it's getting on my nerves a bit.

I keep an ESata HDD attached to my PC for backup purposes, its one which can be started as a USB or ESata drive. If I attach it as a USB drive it starts up and the PC recognizes it just like any other USB device. However if I attach it via ESata the PC doesn't see the drive unless I go to Control Panel / Device Manager and Scan for Hardware Changes. it then comes up and works as normal.

It's just a bit annoying that it doesn't attach automatically...........

Any suggestions on a workaround would be welcome.


A:ESata - Recognizing and starting my Drive

Have you tried a different eSATA cable? I just went through this and when I swapped out the cable, it worked! The connectors on the cable tend to get damaged unless you are VERY careful with them... Hope this helps!

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You folks have always been very helpful to me in the past. Can you please tell me if my assumptions are correct. I want to add one (or more) external esata drives. I am looking at external drives because after each backup, I want to be able to put them in a safe for "safekeeping" (please excuse the pun). My assumptions:

1) the external drive will be as fast as an internal sata drive.

2) I only have one external esata port, but I should be able to find a splitter cable so that I can hook up two external drives.

3) an esata drive will offer considerably faster backup than the USB 2.0 drives I am now using.

4) I have seen data that in the real world a USB 3.0 drive is only somewhat faster (maybe 15 or 20 percent) than a USB 2.0 drive. True or false?

Finally, if anyone has a recommendation about a good 1TB external esata drive I would love to hear it.

Thank you very much


A:Solved: External eSATA drive

In order;

1. Yes, generally.
2. Do not believe so. Sata is one drive to one connector. What you can do is get a Esata bracket that will connect directly form a SATA port (or 2) and privides an external connection, but it will use an internal one to do so.
3. Hell, yes. USB is a snail against SATA.
4. Have not tried a USB 3 drive yet, but have th eports. The theoretical throughput is much higher, and therefore should be faster, but I believe it requires USB hardware to fully utilise it.

As far as drives go, I find very little difference between makes. The disk inside is the important bit, and the eSATA connection is the important bit. Have a lok at a eSATA bare box to put a drive in- may be cheaper.

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I am fairly new to W7 and I was wondering how you safely remove an external eSATA hard drive that is connected to a Sumvision 3.5" HDD docking station? Iv'e looked everywhere and cannot find anything that says eject. I did look in the Sumvision manual and it says supports plug and play?


A:How to eject an external eSata drive?

I found this doing a quick google search.

windows 7 - How to safely remove eSATA drive when it's not in the Safely Remove Hardware dialog - Super User

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Vista 32
Intel Q6600 CPU
Antec 650 W PSU
Two SATA 320 GB internal drives connected to SATA slots 1 and 2 of 4
An external ASUS eSATA and USB2 enclosure with WD 640 GB SATA hard drive connected to an eSATA port on the computer.

The external eSATA hard drive works fine after a reboot but after a few hours it vanishes and cannot be found by Explorer or the Control panel even though it has not been accessed to modify, delete or add files. A reboot finds the drive and it works again for a while.

I have an eSATA backplate port connected to slot 3 on the mobo. The mobo also has an integral eSATA port on the back. The problem occurs when I connect the external drive to either of these ports.

The external enclosure also has a USB2 connection - if I use this the problem does not occur indicating that the hard drive itself is OK.

Any suggestions?

A:ESATA hard drive vanishing

Did you happen to find a solution to this? I'm having what is probably a similar problem in that my drive is detected via USB, but not at all via eSATA.

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I have an Inspiron 7778 2in1 and recently purchased a combo Addonics CD/DVD and external HDD to read CDs and have more storage.  I have a 1TB Seagate SSHD in the External HD and am connected via the USB3 port.
The CD/DVD drive is recognized, but the external HD is not.  Any ideas on how to get it recognized?
Any help and suggestions much appreciated.

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Hey lads

I recently got a new WD MyBook2 and 2 esata cables for it and my other external HDD (Seagate FreeAgent).
Not sure if it's worth mentioning but my motherboard is a MSI P7N Platinum.

The MyBook isn't being found at all when connected by esata but works fine with USB. When connected by esata it isn't being found either in the BIOS or device manager/disk manager.

The first time I connected the FreeAgent it recognised it but it was transferring at USB speeds. It wasn't appearing in the BIOS either though.

I've tried different things, like changing the esata controller in the BIOS from IDE to AHCI and RAID. Neither of these worked and when I booted up I got a message saying xInsIDEx.exe has stopped working.

I've also tried plugging in the esata cables before boot and after boot and neither make a difference.

For the moment I've settled on USB but would love to get them working with esata but I'm stumped.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Esata Hard Drive not being found

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My eSATA (external Hitachi) drive shows in This PC, when I open Windows Explorer, but does not appear in the list of Desktop items. if I turn the drive off and back on again, explorer finds it again. The drive is otherwise working properly.

Is there some setting I am missing?

A:eSATA drive shows in This PC, not in Desktop

Hello, DocDJ, welcome to the forums. Maybe I am misunderstanding your question. This PC should show all drives, but it should not appear on the Desktop or a Desktop Icon.

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and two DLL something.exe fired up twice, and the description was a Com Helper,
and then i check the 4 gig usb stick and it has
on it. . .hmm, wasn't there before. . .

so somewhere I have a virus, though I am not sure where. .


A:So I am sitting here and the Esata drive fires up,

Apparentally you have Trojan.Zlob.

I recomend running a virus scan. If you don't have an antivirus, download this

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

And run scans with AVG - Its fairly effective at removing this trojan.

Let me know if you need anymore help.

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Hi all ill try describe my problem

I have a sata to esata adapter installed on my desktop but its not spinning up or working using esata. The harddrive has 3 ports

Usb to usb
Usb to dc power
Esata to esata

Over usb it works fine but when i use the esata and power cable the hard drive makes a constant ticking noise and isnt detected on windows. Ive double checked inside my motherboard that its plugged into my sata ll port not sata lll. It isnt detected at all by the computer even when i search for new hardware

This used to work fine over esata on my laptop so it isnt hardware issue

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I have a drive connected by eSata, it is 2 TB and I have three partitions, 1 TB and two 500 GB approx and two 500.

Two of the partitions are fine but the third (a 500GB) is very slow, file read and transfer are very slow.

Any ideas on why?

I have all three partitions set up the same.



A:eSata drive partition very slow

How much slower? The last partition will be slowest as it is on the inside of the platter.

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