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Trying to configure eSATA

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I am trying to configure eSATA without success. I have a Small Business Server 2008 that I just replaced the backup drives with Lacie d2 quadra 2TB units. I opted for units that support eSATA because of faster backup times than the traditional USB.

The server main board is a DSBV-DX Dual LGA 771 with 24 Gb RAM. I tried plugging a eSATA adapter directly into the main board, but the embedded LSI MegaRaid wanted to use it as a Raided drive.
A computer supply store here suggested a Vantec UGT-ST310R PCI Host Card with RAID. With this card installed and not configuring any RAID on the card, The server doesn't see the backup drive plugged in.

What do I need to do to get my backups running through eSATA?
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I wonder did you set the jumpers to enable the external ports on the card?  The jumpers switch between 2 internal ports and external ports.

I think the card comes defaulted to use only the internal ports.  Basically need to change all the jumpers from the 2-3 position to the 1-2 position to turn on both external ports.

Manual shows the jumpers on page 4,

http://www.vantecusa.com/system/application/media/data_file/ugt-st310r_manual.pdf


That said does the motherboard have 6 or 12 SATA ports onboard?

I believe the model with the LSI controller has 12 total connectors.  Of those only 6 are connected to the LSI controller ( It's actually a SAS controller but works with SATA drives).  The other 6 are connected to the Intel SATA controller built into the chipset.

The ports which run the same direction as the PCI slots are connected to the Intel SATA controller and the other ports (the ones closer to the corner of the board) are connected to the LSI SAS controller.

You may find if you connect to the Intel SATA ports you do not have to deal with any raid configuration.  These ports are supposed to support hot swap as well.

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Wow!, Thanks for the complete and detailed answer. I will check as soon as I can bring the server down, probably Friday evening or Saturday.
Thanks for your assistance.
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Thanks for the help. I guess I missed that part of the book. It works as expected now.
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