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External box: eSATA and USB2.0 at the same time?

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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
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)?


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a b G Storage
May 9, 2012 10:56:22 AM

I highly doubt it.

I suspect only one interface may be 'hot' at any time.
a c 80 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.
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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?
a b G Storage
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.

May 9, 2012 2:10:02 PM