Is eSATA 'plug and play' under windows 7?

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  1. deanx0r

    deanx0r Senior member

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    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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  3. WaitingForNehalem

    WaitingForNehalem Platinum Member

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    You must turn on AHCI which might require you to reformat.

    yes
     
  4. corkyg

    corkyg Elite Member<br>Super Moderator <br>Peripherals
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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.