External box: eSATA and USB2.0 at the same time? Tags: Hard Drives Storage Last response: May 9, 2012 2:10 PM in Storage Share etawiro May 9, 2012 10:41:07 AM Hello everybody Please help me with this topic: I have external box for SATA 1 3.5" drive http://www.lan-shop.cz/i-tec-mysafe35usb2-110831 This box has eSATA and USB2.0 output. Question: Is it possible to connect both (eSATA and USB2.0) at the same time to two independent computers (desktop and notebook)? Thanks Regards Martin More about : external box esata usb2 time Wisecracker May 9, 2012 10:56:22 AM I highly doubt it. I suspect only one interface may be 'hot' at any time. tomatthe a b G Storage May 9, 2012 11:55:32 AM No, as wisecracker mentioned. I believe it's related to only one machine being able to access the drives controller at once. There are usb switches for this, which basically accomplish manually moving a usb cable by pushing a button instead. Related resources Two computers, one esata hard drive? - Forum eSATA vs SATA; RAID 5 setup - Forum External hdd with esata and usb - Forum IcyDock's MB559 Happily Marries eSATA and USB 2.0 - Forum ESATA or USB 3 external HDD enclosure - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer etawiro May 9, 2012 12:22:27 PM OK, thank You both. And what about possibility of hardware demage if I forget to remove one of connected cable? Wisecracker May 9, 2012 12:32:06 PM That likely will not be an issue. I suspect you may find a slight work-around if you tweak at it. If you use AHCI drive set-up, you might try to disable the drive in Windows, power-down the external enclosure and switch to the other build. etawiro May 9, 2012 2:10:02 PM Thanks Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumExternal hard drive choice: eSATA or (USB3.0+EC) ForumeSATA external box not working with eSATA ExpressCard ForumExternal RAID backup ForumSwap front USB2.0 for 3.0? ForumESATA , USB 3.0 and External HDD ForumExternal HDD vs External HDD Enclosures? Help me please. ForumSATA to eSATA enclosure possible with this external drive? ForumAdding an external RAID array ForumHow to install two external hard drives laptop Forumexternal drive - Firewire vs USB vs ESata ForumReal world transfer speeds for esata and usb 3.0 ForumBest SSD Of 2013, Which is it? ForumCannot open files sent to external hard drive ForumExternal drive disconnects whenever accessing files ForumThey look the same??? More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !