I have hooked up a 750GB SATA II drive through the eSATA port on the back of this motherboard. I didn't install XP with AHCI support, so I'm running the SATA ports in IDE mode. Even so, XP sees the external SATA drive just fine. But when I wanted to check the S.M.A.R.T. data for this drive, my S.M.A.R.T.-software said the drive does not support S.M.A.R.T. I figured I had to enable S.M.A.R.T. in the BIOS (like I needed to do for my internal SATA drives) so I rebooted and entered the BIOS. Then I noticed the drive isn't detected in the BIOS, but at a later stage when the JMicron controller is started.
But how can I configure the eSATA drive then? How can I enable S.M.A.R.T. for this drive? Also, the manual states that I can boot from a hard drive connected to the eSATA port. But how (since the manual does not explain how)?