Possible to connect eSATA La Cie external drive to SATA port on SC440 mobo?
Posted on 2010-09-05
I've got a 1tb La Cie external drive which has served me quite well for over a year. To date, I've used it via USB connection. However, as it also supports eSATA I thought I'd try using eSATA to increase transfer speed.
Not knowing much about eSATA vs SATA, I thought I could just get a SATA to eSATA adaptor, plug it into one of the 3 available SATA ports on my Dell SC440 mother board, adjust the setup on the server as necessary, and away I'd go. However, no dice. Didn't work. My Dell wouldn't recognize the La Cie drive, I guess, and it just hung during startup.
So... am I trying to get my server to do something that's not really possible? I don't know much about hardware, so if somebody can advise me, that would be great. And... if my attempt to connect the La Cie via SATA to eSATA is ill-advised, please let me know. I'm trying to avoid having to buy yet another drive, but if I really have to -- in order to get better transfer speeds/performance -- please let me know. Cheers!