front panel e-sata

  gengiscant 14:32 16 Nov 09

New build, first sata.
Can someone confirm or not that the front panel e-sata connection just plugs in to a sata slot on mobo.

  DieSse 17:39 16 Nov 09

This is the most useful read I've come up with on this - the answer is, I surmise, It isn't but it can be (!).

click here

  gengiscant 18:24 16 Nov 09

Well I can not see anywhere else it can go.

  DieSse 19:40 16 Nov 09

Presumably the mainboard manufacturer hasn't put any proper e-sata sockets on the motherboard then.

When I read the document referred to above, it appears that e-sata is slightly different, needs shielded cables and supplies slightly higher current. It also infers that as long as the connectors fit, and you keep the total cable run short (ie less than 1m instead of the normal e-sata 2m spec) - then you should be OK.

However - there is also the power lead issue to be covered, and this may depend on where and how you esata connection is configured on the case. See a little about this here click here

  morddwyd 06:51 17 Nov 09


I have an external drive plugged into a front panel esata slot.

Quicker than usb, and is read`as another internal hard disc (so be careful with your jumpers).

Just use the normal leads.

  gengiscant 08:55 17 Nov 09

"so be careful with your jumpers"

I thought that sata drives neither had nor needed jumpers????

  morddwyd 20:23 17 Nov 09

Whoops. You're right of course. I forgot!

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