Hey guys, I have a eSATA/USB External hard drive (Cavalry, 500GB).
I'm wondering if there's any way to make it plug-and-play with the SATA cable? 'Cause I leave my hard drive off except for when I absolutely need it. I'd prefer to use it with eSATA, but it requires a restart, unlike the USB cable, which works as soon as I turn the hard drive on.
Is there any way to make the hard drive work with the eSATA cable without restarting? Or is it something that I can do nothing about.
Hot swap support in the chipset must be part of this, as suggested. My system with an ASUS board a few years old has a Silicon Image chip providing the eSATA port. My external (eSATA and USM2 connection options, eSATA in use; drive unit inside is SATA II) does exactly what you want. I leave it off most of the time - it's for backup. If I turn on its power switch, My Computer finds it in a few seconds and adds it to the display so it's available. If I later turn off its switch, My Computer shows it suddenly gone.
So basically I just have to restart my computer if I want to use the eSATA harddrive?
And, well, the "Scan for new hardware" works sometimes.. And I say sometimes because if I have one program open, like my media player, it freezes my computer (and I have a powerful computer, I would say).
And even if I have nothing running, it still freezes sometimes..