11-09-2011 08:28 AM
I just bought an eSATA cable for my Freeagent Pro (Classic as I guess it's called now) and after quite a bit of issues at first with the drive not being recognized I finally got it working after a few BIOS adjustments and installing Win7 AHCI driver.
OK, so now the drive is finally working over eSATA. I bought this cable to hopefully help speed up my backup speed, because backing up 500GB's over USB 2.0 is painfully slow. So I started my backup (using Acronis True Home Image 2010) and I immediently noticed a loud clicking noise, like the noise as if the drive was powering on and off. I did quick Google search and apperently that noise means the drive is going to fail soon... So after about 2 minutes of this loud clicking I get an error message from Acronis that says "Could not write to the location specified". I started panicking because I have a lot of valuable data on that drive. So I unplugged the eSATA, plugged back in the USB 2.0, hit "Retry", and the backup started just fine with no clicking at all, and it's still going right now about 15 minutes later--silent operation.
What does this mean?? Is my drive going to soon die? Or... what? The whole point why I spent $10 on a 6FT eSATA cable was to hopefully not need to leave my PC on overnight to do a system image.
11-10-2011 05:36 PM - edited 11-10-2011 05:44 PM
6ft cable is not a good idea, that is 6x the length of the nornal cable, meaning the data has further to travel, if the unit is tuned to think it only has a 12 inch transmission distance this could be breaking down.
There is also issues with non Seagate cables being used with FA products as well.
Look at this as well, 4th option for setting the input.