Michael Taylor wrote:
> Thank you Dominic, i've learned something new today. I've looked at the
> BIOS but there isn't an AHCI option, unless it's hidden. I've asked for
> help in an Asus forum for my motherboard (P5N32-E SLI). Also, I'm
> wondering if I enable raid and configure it as JBOD whether that would
> allow me to hotplug, but whether that would result in me losing the data
> currently on the drives. I don't want to re-install the OS if I can help
> "Dominic Payer" <dcp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> Your desktop needs AHCI enabled in the BIOS if you want to hotplug
>> eSATA devices. This can be unstable for some systems.
>> Without AHCI, if you go to Device Manager after plugging in your
>> external drive you can scan for new devices and the disk will be
>> recognised. You will either need to eject it after use, or switch it
>> off after shutting down your machine, otherwise the correct signature
>> will not be written to the disk and you might have problems the next
>> time you connect it.
>> "Michael Taylor" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>>> I use an external esata enclosure. When I plug it into my laptop,
>>> Vista Ultimate x64 recognises the hotplugging and sees the drive
>>> right away, and handles it fine when I switch off.
>>> I have a Vista Ultimate x64 desktop using a motherboard without a
>>> built esata port. The enclosure came with an esata adapter plate that
>>> internally connects to a sata port on the motherboard. This works,
>>> but only if I boot the PC up with the external drive switched on
>>> first. If I switch it on later, Vista doesn't see it. I understood
>>> that sata eand esata were both hot pluggable, so I'm not sure why
>>> this is not working.
>>> Does the motherboard need a esata port to work with a esata based
>>> external hdd enclosure (to allow hotplug capability). I can purchase
>>> a PCI express card that provides an esata port, but I don't know if
>>> thats going to make a difference.
>>> Thanks for any advice.
If your laptop works correctly maybe you could look at the bios for it
to see how it is set up.
In my case, I do have external sata ports but they are on a separate
controller from the internal ones. The internal ones have the AHCI
option but the external ones do not. For my Intel board, the choices
are IDE, AHCI, or RAID for the internal but just IDE and RAID for the
external. Intel says the RAID option for the internal controller
enables both the AHCI and the RAID. As mentioned, the RAID drivers may
work, but it seems they don't in my system on the external controller
with no AHCI option.