internal sata to esata enclosure

March 13, 2011 at 21:06:41
Specs: Windows XP, Pentinum 4/ 4Gb
I have an Abit IC7-G Max2 mobo with the Intel 875P chipset for Socket 478 800MHz Canterwood ATX with the most current Phoenix-Award BIOS available for that mobo. Apparently this setup does not reconize a 2Tb sata hdd as I have tried to format it and can't get past the blinking dash whether straight from WinXp Pro CD either as master or slave to another sata drive. I have a USB 3.0+Esata enclsoure for a 2Tb hdd that I would like to interface with the Abit system for backup. Can I use a SATA to eSATA Slot Plate Bracket and then cable to the eSATA connector on the hdd enclosure or do I have to use a PCI eSATA card in one of my PCI slots? I don't have any PCIe slots but I do have Firewire capability. I also want to use the 2Tb drive for backup of a new Dell Vostro laptop I just bought but I don't think that will be a problem with the more current interfaces. Thanks for any help

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March 13, 2011 at 21:21:12
If you are going to use the 2TB external on a laptop then why are you worried about getting it to work on the Abit board?

Have you watched the POST screens to verify the 2TB drive is not being configured by the BIOS? There may be an issue with your SATA I controllers and the SATA II hard drive. You may need to place a throttling jumper on the 2TB to slow it down to SATA I speeds. Also, there may be an option in the BIOS to delay the time given to configure the hard drives. The maximum time is usually 5 seconds.

Some high performance hard drives will not work on SATA I controllers at all.

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March 14, 2011 at 09:31:21
Thanks for the info OtheHill. Good question. I use the desktop a lot for 3D drafting and rendering mostly b/c of the graphics card and the 90 shortcut function keys available on that keyboard. Just wanted to avoid transfering to the laptop to get to the 2Tb. POST reconizes the 2Tb hdd so I will look into the possible sata I and sata II incompatibility and the BIOS delay. Thanks again for your help.

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March 14, 2011 at 09:37:50
You may want to check the manufacturers site for a BIOS update that addresses your problem. Don't flash the BIOS unless the update specifically addresses your issue.

When these large hard drives were first released there were a few models that were NOT backward compatible. Check the manufacturers site.

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March 14, 2011 at 10:19:40
Previous to trying 2Tb had gone to Abit site to get most recent BIOS and flashed it with no apparent problems. What about the SATA to eSATA Slot Plate Bracket instead of a PCI eSATA card in one of my PCI slots to reach the 2Tb? Any info on that?

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March 14, 2011 at 10:26:57
Where is that bracket connecting? If to the SATA ports then what is the difference?

You have not stated if the BIOS is properly identifying the drive in the POST screens.

You could also use the prep tools from the drive manufacturers site to partition the drive. That may allow you to use the full capacity.

Post the full make and model of the 2TB drive.

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March 14, 2011 at 11:26:14
No difference. The enclosure only has connectors for usb 3.0 and esata. I thought the firmware in the enclosure might be able to interface directly with the internal mobo sata via the esata Slot Plate Bracket and esata cable to the enclosure instead of having to go through an esata card in a PCI slot. Definitely beyond my paygrade to know. I haven't been able to find a usb 3.0 card for a PCI slot. Only PCIe cards and I have no PCIe slots. Hdd is WD model WD2001FASS and will have to reboot later to make sure bios is properly reconizing. Must get back to work. Will g/b to you asap. Thanks again OtheHill.

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March 14, 2011 at 14:18:12
That hard drive is NOT SATA III. 3GB transfer is SATA II. SATA II enclosures are more money. I think you are over thinking the whole thing. If the drive is just to be used as a backup then the speed is not that big an issue. Remember, those numbers are theoretical. In practice SATA transfer will be half or less. USB 2.0 has its own set of limitations.

That hard drive does have the jumper pins to throttle to 1.5GBPS (SATA I). Is your drive a re-certified unit?

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