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Old 11-06-2009, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default Is eSATA 'plug and play' under windows 7?

I am running Windows XP on a E6600 with an ASUS P5B Deluxe. I was never able to figure out how to make eSATA 'plug and play' on this platform. I wonder if it's an OS or hardware limitation. I am looking to build a new computer but I haven't figured out if I have to stick with an extra 1394b add-on card if eSATA is not 'plug and play'.

Is eSATA 'plug and play' under windows 7?

Also, can you fit a PCIe 1x into a 4x or 8x slot?
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:59 PM   #2
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You must turn on AHCI which might require you to reformat.

Also, can you fit a PCIe 1x into a 4x or 8x slot
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It is in my Win 7 system - provided it is a genuine eSATA port and not merely an external connection to an internal SATA port.
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