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Converting internal hard drive to ESATA


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#1 qtechie

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 07:54 AM

hello,

My computer has been having problems lately with random hanging/freezing and I believe the problem lies with faulty Sata connectors on the motherboard, as sometimes the computer detects the hard drive, other times it doesn't. Or sometimes the hard drive slows to a crawl, for example I am copying over a 50mb files to another folder and it takes 10 minutes to complete or some crazy amount of time. I have tried to change the Sata connector but all the ones on the motherboard seem to be faulty.

So instead of replacing the motherboard I was looking to convert my internal hard drive(that has the operating system on it) to plug it into my ESATA port on the back panel.

Do I need to buy a ESATA hard drive enclosure? Can it run my operating system on it? Will it be the same speed or lose some speed?



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#2 s1lents0ul

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 08:28 AM

Are you sure its not the hard drive that is faulty? Have you run the Hard drive diagnostics from the manufactuers website?

its like a joke i once heard "everywhere i touch, it hurts, i must be bruised everywhere" --doctor replies..you have a broken finger

lol perhaps the hard drive is the finger in this case

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:08 AM

Yes, you would have to purchase an eSATA enclosure or adapter at least. And you mush have an eSATA port on your motherboard.

But before you do that please try the following:

- make sure all cables are connected good.
- replace the SATA cable
- Plug drive into a different SATA port
- try the drive in another machine

Once you have tried all that you can determine what your nest step should e.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:44 AM

Are you sure its not the hard drive that is faulty? Have you run the Hard drive diagnostics from the manufactuers website?

its like a joke i once heard "everywhere i touch, it hurts, i must be bruised everywhere" --doctor replies..you have a broken finger

lol perhaps the hard drive is the finger in this case



Hey thanks I forgot about the hard drive diagnostics.

I just ran the diagnostics and turns out it failed some key tests, time to replace my hard drive.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 11:18 AM

Glad to hear that you have figured out what was causing your problem.

Just for the record, using the ESATA connection on the rear of your computer wouldn't have worked if you were having problems with the SATA headers on the motherboard. The ESATA connects to the same headers.

So instead of replacing the motherboard I was looking to convert my internal hard drive(that has the operating system on it) to plug it into my ESATA port on the back panel.


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Posted 21 September 2010 - 01:06 PM

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