04-13-2008 06:14 PM
10-02-2008 10:57 AM
I know that I am replying to an older post but I hope that it will find it's way to the appropriate peoples' attention.
I am also having trouble maintaining connection to my 1Tb FreeAgent Pro through eSata. I presently have it tied directly to the Motherboard with a Sata connection. I have had a eSata extenstion in one of the expansion slots but when that failed, someone recommed going directly tot he Motherwoard with a eSata/Sata Cable. No success.
Would a ESata PCI card make any difference in this matter? Or would it just cause the same issue? If not, I will have to install a Firewire slot to at least be a compromise in speed between the USB2.0 and eSata options.
10-02-2008 12:37 PM
Mine reacted in a similar way. I found that the sleep time was the culprit. The seagate software works fine under USB but not under eSATA. If you set sleep to Never (you have to use USB to change it) it should stay on until you switch it off. Once I changed it, it hasn't missed a beat.
I have found that good practice (with Win XP) is to connect the mains power and eSATA before boot up if you intend to use the drive during the day. Once the PC is booted up you can power the drive down and turn it on when needed. Any little quirks are overridden by BIOS and Windows recognition. This applies particularly with shared folders over a LAN.
10-02-2008 01:56 PM
10-02-2008 02:52 PM
The sleep timer I referred to is part of the Seagate tools software. When connected by eSATA they are not accessible. You have to connect by USB to access and make changes.
Ironically the drive will work without the seagate software. Unfortunately eSATA is a relative newcomer and Seagate have yet to update their software tools to go with it. I guess most people connect by USB so it isn't a pressing issue just an annoyance.
I'm not sure if Windows has a sleep setting to cover external drives. I dont sleep mine, I just switch it off when It's not in use.
10-02-2008 02:58 PM
10-03-2008 07:24 AM
I installed the software. When setting the pwer optoins, it tells me that this featrue is not available when connected via eSata! It STILL disappears on me. I am sooooo frustrated. I bought this device for the eSata capabilities. My first once crapped out on me and had to send it back under warranty (spending another $20 to do so). There is NO change to the behavious. No one seems to have any solutions. So now I am forced to rely solely on a USB onnection or put in a Firewire port and use it!
Why does Seagate not advertise "Has eSata capapbilites but it does not work"?
(sorry, I had to vent a little).
I just am at a loss as to what to do.
10-04-2008 08:54 AM
10-05-2008 08:12 AM
Sorry, that's what I was trying to say. To use the Seagate software, you have to temporarily connect by USB. Once you've made the changes, you can go back to eSATA. It's long-winded, but there you go. No doubt Seagate will catch up in time as eSATA becomes more poular.
I still suggest that the drive should be connected and on at the mains, at boot up. It will then switch itself on and go through BIOS recognition. After boot up you can power it down until you use it. If you're not using shared networked folders, you can probably ignore this.