I am trying to backup my Acer Aspire x3400 desktop to an eSata drive using Acronis. The PC has an onboard eSata port. I purchased an enclosure with an eSata port and put a SATA drive in it.
When I first connected the drive everything worked fine. Sometimes I would turn the enclosure off before booting the PC (because the enclosure had to be near the keyboard due to the power source and it was noisy). At some point the eSata drive disappeared. I have tried everything I can think of. Turn it on and off, unplug it, rescan disks in disk manager, looked in device manager.
Somewhere I read about how a power setting could cause it to spin down. I turned Link State Power Management to off on PCI express (not sure if that matters).
How do I get me eSata drive back?
BTW, the drive will never be turned off or unplugged once it is working.