02-15-2008 06:56 AM
KenGraham wrote:For those of you who don't seem to read the prior posts, I'm re-posting the solution:If you are using an eSATA bracket that is connecting to your internal (motherboard) SATA connectors, ...... DON'T unless you are using a 3ft or 1m cable (external).
- The eSATA brackets usually come with a relatively long cable to connect to your internal SATA ports. This distance adds to the external cable that you are using. The eSATA cable limit is 6' (ft). If you purchase something like the KINGWIN 15" eSATA PCI Bracket cable Model ESAC-02, it adds 15 5/8" (in) to your external cable as the port is not repeated / amplified from the motherboard to the bracket.
- I looked at the specification and thought that this may help if I used a shorter external cable such as a 1.5m = 4.9ft + 15" (1.25 ft) = 6.15 ft (still too long). The detection was better and a bit more stable, but I had the disappearing act on large writes not reads.
So the moral of the story is that you should be able to get it to work right with the correct cable / bracket combo, but for better reliability, get a dedicated eSATA PCI / PCIe card that way you can have the longest cable externally.
BTW. My Link Depot 6ft cable was not reliable on my eSATA PCI card either. The 1.5m cable seemed to do the trick and it'e the cheapest. My eSATA card is the Promise SATA300 TX4302. It's a PCI card. The PCI bus may be limiting my drive performance. As I stated before, I tried an eSATA 150 card as well and benchmarked (read and write) with Sandra and did not see any performance difference.
02-18-2008 07:27 AM