I'm still playing with SATA external drives. I find the difference between external SATA and USB 2.0 to be remarkable.
My problem now is "hot swapping" the devices. To be more clear, I have the SATA drive in an external enclosure that uses an eSATA cable connected to a bracket, then connected directly to the motherboard. If I boot the computer with the drive connected and powered on it works as expected. If I disconnect the drive and then reconnect it (connect a second drive), it does not come on line.
For more detail, the motherboard is an ASUS M2N-MX with an Athlon 4200+ X2 64. The OS is Windows 2003 Server with all the updates. The external enclosures are a Vantec NexStar 3 and a SanMax PMD96S-SA. I tried two different manufacturers to be more complete. The SanMax is a tray that slides into a carriage that is inside a 5.25" bay. Both behave the same way.
BTW, the Vantec will also connect via USB. It works that way as expected.
What am I missing? Or please point out my misconception.
Thanks in advance,