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    Default SATA to eSATA enclosure possible with this external drive?

    Hi guys,

    I have an old external hard drive. I have stopped using it because of a socket connection problem.
    However it can easily be solved by just changing the enclosure.

    This is the specs for my external hard drive, according to http://www.ultratecdirect.com/stockl...rch=9EV134-500

    SEAGATE ST9320320AS 320.0GB Hard Drive SATA300 (9EV134-500)

    SEAGATE 320GB SATA 2.5INCH HDD
    SATA300 - 5400 RPM - Hard Drive - Original SEAGATE part

    I am using Dell XPS L401X.
    There is a eSATA-USB combo port (eSATAp).
    So instead of just a usb 2.0 enclosure, I am thinking can I change to a eSATA enclosure?

    The closest computer shop around my area has only this 2.5" enclosure model.
    http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=...A-ENCLOSURE-BL

    I guess this could work?

    Thanks!
    Venn.

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    Default Re: SATA to eSATA enclosure possible with this external drive?

    It should work.

    The main thing you need to check is the connectors on the HDD itself. Are they standard SATA & power connectors?
    They should look something like this.

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    Default Re: SATA to eSATA enclosure possible with this external drive?

    eSATA is much faster than USB2.0 so it's good for that but be aware it requires your HDD controller to be in AHCI mode or you will have to shut down to connect or disconnect the drive. Also if it is currently in IDE mode changing it in the BIOS to AHCI will prevent your system from booting unless you install the driver first which requires a registry hack.

    eSATA is great once everything is working right, but It can be a nuisance to set up initially. I found I ended up using mine on the USB port most of the time because it just works on all my pc's and only used eSATA on one machine for transferring large amounts of data back and forth.

    But besides all that as long as it's a standard drive inside your old enclosure then yes it should work, check the connectors as autechre suggested.
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    Default Re: SATA to eSATA enclosure possible with this external drive?

    Quote Originally Posted by autechre View Post
    It should work.

    The main thing you need to check is the connectors on the HDD itself. Are they standard SATA & power connectors?
    They should look something like this.
    Yeap, it is a 2.5" external hard disk, so it is the laptop type hd. So I guess it could work.

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    Default Re: SATA to eSATA enclosure possible with this external drive?

    Hi all, I just bought the new enclosure. However it is kind of disappointing. Is that true that I need to provide power supply to the external drive if I want to use eSATA. Bare in mind I have a eSATAp. So every time when I want to enjoy the high speed transfer rate, I will need to plug in another cable (mini usb to usb2.0) to power up the drive. Isn't there an enclosure that doesn't require additional power supply? Similar to Seagate Go Flex, there doesn't require you to power up the external drive. How convenience is that.

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    Default Re: SATA to eSATA enclosure possible with this external drive?

    Unfortunately the eSATA standard doesn't include power so the enclosure won't be designed to get power from it. I've never come across eSATAp though.
    Even some usb 2.5" drive enclosures need a second cable to get enough power depending on the drive installed.
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    Default Re: SATA to eSATA enclosure possible with this external drive?

    I think I will just need a (SATA to eSATAp) cable.
    The connector has a normal SATA power + data connector.
    I am hoping to get an enclosure that work like this without external power supply. Anyone knows where I can get such enclosure?

    PB Tech's salesman aren't very well versed with the tech stuff.
    They have been telling me there isn't such cable available. Wrong information.

    http://www.tweaktown.com/news/12159/...red/index.html

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