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SATA to eSATA enclosure possible with this external drive?

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March 18, 2012 9:02:27 AM

Hi guys,

I have an old external hard drive. I have stopped using it because of a socket connection problem.
However it can easily be solved by just changing the enclosure.

This is the specs for my external hard drive, according to http://www.ultratecdirect.com/stocklists/FirmwareSearch...

SEAGATE ST9320320AS 320.0GB Hard Drive SATA300 (9EV134-500)

SEAGATE 320GB SATA 2.5INCH HDD
SATA300 - 5400 RPM - Hard Drive - Original SEAGATE part

I am using Dell XPS L401X.
There is a eSATA-USB combo port (eSATAp).
So instead of just a usb 2.0 enclosure, I am thinking can I change to a eSATA enclosure?

The closest computer shop around my area has only this 2.5" enclosure model.
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=CASICZ940J&name...

I guess this could work?

Thanks!
Venn.

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March 18, 2012 7:26:20 PM
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It looks like it could, just be sure the enclosure has an eSATA bracket for the rear panel and a SATA cable to run from the rear panel to a free SATA port on your motherboard - I couldn't find those parts listed on the page you provided.
March 19, 2012 1:36:29 AM

Hi all, I just bought the new enclosure. However it is kind of disappointing. Is that true that I need to provide power supply to the external drive if I want to use eSATA. Bare in mind I have a eSATAp. So every time when I want to enjoy the high speed transfer rate, I will need to plug in another cable (mini usb to usb2.0) to power up the drive. Isn't there an enclosure that doesn't require additional power supply? Similar to Seagate Go Flex, there doesn't require you to power up the external drive. How convenience is that.
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March 19, 2012 2:40:40 AM

I think I will just need a (SATA to eSATAp) cable.
The connector has a normal SATA power + data connector.
I am hoping to get an enclosure that work like this without external power supply. Anyone knows where I can get such enclosure?

The local computer store's salesman aren't very well versed with the tech stuff.
They have been telling me there isn't such cable available. Wrong information.

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/12159/first_look_power_ov...
March 26, 2012 12:13:20 AM

Best answer selected by vennsoh.
March 28, 2012 4:01:33 AM

vennsoh said:
I think I will just need a (SATA to eSATAp) cable.
The connector has a normal SATA power + data connector.
I am hoping to get an enclosure that work like this without external power supply. Anyone knows where I can get such enclosure?

The local computer store's salesman aren't very well versed with the tech stuff.
They have been telling me there isn't such cable available. Wrong information.

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/12159/first_look_power_ov...



Hi vennsoh, I'm looking into building my own external hard drive as well. I too have an eSATAp port on my laptop. Have you gotten your hard drive to power properly through your eSATAp port without using an external power source? If so, is there an "SATA to eSATAp cord" you are supposed to get vs just the regular SATA to eSATA cords?

Here is the HD i'm considering

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Haven't done this before, so any other advice would be great, thanks
!