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Do I have to reboot to see my eSATA-disk?

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I have an external hard drive with an eSATA port. In order to "see" the drive I have to connect the drive and reboot my PC which is running Windows 7 - 64 bit.

I now wonder if there might exist any software that in any way can mount the disk without my rebooting the PC? That is, it would be great if I could get the same functionallity as with my USB-drives which you just pop in and they are visible imidiately.
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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You would need a hot swap capable controller.  That's really the only downside I see to eSATA.
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Thanks leew!

Yes it feels a bit awkward having to reboot the system. Probebly the superior transfer rate with eSATA is lost due to the time it takes to reboot the system! Are there any motherboard for PC/Intel that you are aware of and that has eSATA ports with hot swap capabilities?
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Sorry, no.  You can get drive enclosures that will support it if it's something you really need.  I get by using it as is. I use mine mostly for large archive storage.
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