I'm pulling my hair out over these PCIE to eSata cards.
Trying to get eSata for my PowerEdge 2950 to backup data. So i bought a PCI-Express sata/esata card.
Server boots fine, recognises the card, drivers install fine, and device shows up in device manager.
Problem is that when i plug my external HDD in, nothing happens. Server seems to freeze for about 5 seconds, then continues as normal. The freeze suggests to me that the connection is made correctly, so it's probably not the cable or connection. No new drives come up in disk manager.
I tried the card in a PowerEdge 840 as well. Same deal, I tried the card in a desktop machine with Asus P5B motherboard.... same deal again... card installs fine... doesn't recognise any drives.
If i plug the external drive into the in-built eSata connection on the Asus board, it works just fine. So i'm fairly sure it's not the external hard disk.
I've been so frustrated with this, i went out and bought a new PCIE --> eSata card.
This one has almost the same problem, but the machines freeze up until I unplug the external drive.
The first card i tried had JMB36X chipset, and the second card was Sil3132 chipset.
I've tried both cards on all three machines.
I've made sure that the external hard disk is properly formatted.
I've tried booting up with the drive plugged in (gets into windows, just doesn't show up the HDD)
Running Windows Server 2003R2 and Windows XP Pro.
I desperately need help with this if anyone has any ideas!! Thanks