09-20-2011 10:34 PM
Hi I have an ST32000641AS SATA drive in an external enclosure connected to the system by eSATA. The drive seems to be detected by my device manager, but I never see it in my file system. I have seen posts about changing something with my BIOS setup - but I dont see anything about disk drives in my BIOS. I have an HP dv6 notebook running windows 7 home premium 64-bit and an i7 Q720 processor. Is anybody else using these SATA drives externally connected via eSATA, USB, or firewire - and if so, was there a trick to this? Thanks in advance for any help.
09-21-2011 04:29 AM
Yes, it happens to me also, it's not the drive as the ones I normally dock aren't Seagates, best guess is it's an AHCi bug of sorts, cure is to have the drive connected and on when you boot up.
09-21-2011 11:53 AM - edited 09-21-2011 02:29 PM
According to HP, one out of four USB ports on most new HP notebooks is shared as an eSATA port. It's called combo ports where you can insert either a USB or an eSATA cable to your notebook.
I would assume all correct drivers were originally pre-installed by HP to enable the shared eSATA port. Contacting HP for more help is worth to try.
Follow this link:
Also, double check your external enclosure to make sure "SATA and eSATA system devices and drives use different connectors and are not interchangeable".
Hope this helps.