my case has an eSATA port on the front but does it matter what SATA port I plug it into on my mobo? My motherboard (M4A79XTD) has 1 SATA port labled SATA_E1 - could that be for eSATA, all the other ports are labled SATA_1 ...
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I would plug it into SATA_4, or which ever one isn't being used by your hard drive(s) and DVD(s).
Also, check your manual as it will say what the SATA_E1 is for... if it is for an eSATA, plug it in there.
Yea, I checked the manual, and it makes no special mention about that port. I think it has something to do with the 'marvell SATA controller' or something. I might just plug it into one of the other ports. I wanted to know because the standard ones are at a right angle, which I want fo tidyness, so will go ahead with that I think.
I heard someone had trouble with that marvell controller on this board, I think it controlls the i/o eSATA port