Windows XP: Access external hard via eSata
Posted on 2010-01-11
the PC in question is a Desktop, Pentium IV 3 Ghz processor, IBM Socket 478 matx board (model no. PIV-S 478) with two internal SATA connectors. Windows XP Home, always kept up to date, is installed.
I have an external hard drive that used to connect to via USB. However, when moving large files, I'd like to take advantage of the eSata's higher performance.
The external case of the drive (ICY DOCK MB559US-1S) comes with an eSata Bracket, which kind of converts an internal SATA connector to an eSATA one.
First, I tried hot plugging in the drive. Windows didn't notice, wasn't recognized at all.
Then I rebooted the machine, the drive was recognized by BIOS and so in Windows. However, its content was not accessible. Instead, I was offered to format it. Furthermore, it is only displayed with 128MB capacity even though it is a 750 GB Samsung drive.
Ideally, I'd like to be able to use the drive like in USB mode, with hot plugging and so on. Furthermore I don't want to have to format it (since there's data on it), I want to be able to exploit its full capacity and other PCs without eSATA connector should still be able to access its content via USB.
Can anybody help me out?
What do I have to take care of?