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esata cable from front panel -- where does it plug into on my mother board?

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April 4, 2013 7:53:44 PM

Hi!

I have an Asrock z77 extreme4 mobo... from what I saw, the esata port is shared or something?

"- 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by ASMedia ASM1061, support NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions (SATA3_A1 connector is shared with eSATA3 port)"

Would this mean my eSata from the front panel would plug into the SATA3_A1 port on my mobo?

Thanks,

Fisher

edit: also where would I find the sata3_a1 port... I can't find it anywhere in my manual.
April 4, 2013 8:09:46 PM

OK I found it... now my esata cable won't fit into its port!! Any idea why it isn't fitting? I'm afraid to put a lot of pressure on it and i'm putting it in the correct way.
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April 4, 2013 8:35:14 PM

Just match the notches of the plug to the port, doesn't get easier than that. Unless you are using or referring to the wrong cables. The front panel E-SATA uses a regular SATA cable for the motherboard, plug it to any available port. NOTE: E-SATA cable will not fit a SATA port, the plugs look totally different. SATA ports/cables has a "L" shape.
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April 4, 2013 8:48:54 PM

Can you link a pic f the connector and cable?
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April 5, 2013 7:28:34 PM

Yea I was plugin into the SATA and not eSata port, thanks for the help!
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