04-29-2009 12:21 AM
I bought the FreeGate 500gb Pro for the advantages of eSATA. My own internal is a paltry 30gb, so I needed something that I could reliably run programs from. When I was running XP with the world's oldest motherboard, I used a RAID controller to use the eSATA port. Although I couldn't boot my comp while the FreeGate HD was in, it worked perfectly. Windows Explorer could easily recognize it when I plugged it back in.
After that motherboard died, I rebuilt my computer entirely. A newer ASUS motherboard, an Intel Quadcore processor, etc. This motherboard, unlike my older one, has SATA ports inside, and came with a SATA-eSATA insert that can be mounted just like my old RAID controller. I was able to use this setup for some time, but recently Vista refuses to recognize the drive. My MB detects it during startup, and I have access to it for about 10 minutes after Vista starts when it mysteriously disappears. This problem persists with both the eSATA and the USB setups.
04-29-2009 06:50 AM
does that happen when its connected to another computer? like via usb?
right-click on computer - manage - event viewer.
look for events, warnings, errors, etc in the event viewer when the drive disappears and report back here
also, 32 bit or 64 bit?
04-29-2009 11:54 AM
04-30-2009 05:55 AM
ide-sata converters arent the best idea....
makes me wonder whether that could have sthg to do with it because of drivers.
ok...triple check that the drivers for the sata motherboard/controller that you have are up to date
then triple check the drivers for your esata card
thats the best option right now id say, or at least its where i would start