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Will eSATA run games without noticeable lag?

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July 15, 2013 8:09:44 PM

I am in need of more space for my games, but my laptop does not support usb 3.0. I was wondering if I were to get an eSATA External Hard Drive would it run games without lag? I have a usb 2.0 external, but can't play games on it because the lag is just too much to handle.

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July 15, 2013 8:20:53 PM
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E-SATA is as fast as internal SATA.

So if your e-sata port is 3gigabit, no mechanical hard drives will be bottle necked by it.

Please note some e-sata ports can be a pain in the butt(more so if they are no in AHCI mode) and want you to connect before powering on the laptop/desktop.

My media center will hot swap(no reboot needed) e-sata drives fine as long as they are not larger than 3TB, while my desktop will hotswap e-sata on all drives i have tried. I have some older systems that wanted a reboot to work right after connecting.
July 15, 2013 8:57:30 PM

nukemaster said:
E-SATA is as fast as internal SATA.

So if your e-sata port is 3gigabit, no mechanical hard drives will be bottle necked by it.

Please note some e-sata ports can be a pain in the butt(more so if they are no in AHCI mode) and want you to connect before powering on the laptop/desktop.

My media center will hot swap(no reboot needed) e-sata drives fine as long as they are not larger than 3TB, while my desktop will hotswap e-sata on all drives i have tried. I have some older systems that wanted a reboot to work right after connecting.

Thank you for the reply. So you are saying a hard drive like this (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...) will run my games without a performance hit?
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July 15, 2013 9:17:11 PM

MasoBall said:
I am in need of more space for my games, but my laptop does not support usb 3.0. I was wondering if I were to get an eSATA External Hard Drive would it run games without lag? I have a usb 2.0 external, but can't play games on it because the lag is just too much to handle.


eSATA is identical to SATA. The only real difference is that the connector is different (to prevent the usage of standard SATA cables) and that eSATA cables are required to be more robust than internal SATA cables.

If you were to get a passive external enclosure and toss a Western Digital Caviar Black HDD in it it would be indistinguishable from the same hard disk being installed internally.
July 15, 2013 10:07:51 PM

Pinhedd said:
MasoBall said:
I am in need of more space for my games, but my laptop does not support usb 3.0. I was wondering if I were to get an eSATA External Hard Drive would it run games without lag? I have a usb 2.0 external, but can't play games on it because the lag is just too much to handle.


eSATA is identical to SATA. The only real difference is that the connector is different (to prevent the usage of standard SATA cables) and that eSATA cables are required to be more robust than internal SATA cables.

If you were to get a passive external enclosure and toss a Western Digital Caviar Black HDD in it it would be indistinguishable from the same hard disk being installed internally.

Okay thanks for the info!
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