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Where on mobo to plug-in front panel eSata connector?

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May 17, 2011 9:04:31 PM

Hello all, I'm struggling through my very first build here. At the connectors/headers stage of plugging the mobo into the case. I have an ASRock P67 extreme 4 and a Fractal R3 case. The Fractal has an eSATA port on the front. I can't seem to find where to plug the connector into the mobo. Is there no esata header on the Asrock extreme 4?

Second question. I was unclear on how to orient the power switch connector and the reset connector into the system panel header. The Power LED connector was easy because it had a clearly identified + and - on both the connector itself and the mobo diagram. However, the mobo diagram shows a PWRBTN# pin and a GND pin. And a RESET# pin and a GND pin. No + and -. And the Fractal connectors aren't labeled. The wires are red and white for the power button and black and white for the reset button. I guessed that GND was the white wire. Does that seem right?

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May 17, 2011 10:23:54 PM

With the eSATA connector is it not just a SATA connection that connects into one of the SATA connectors?

For the power and reset on the case cable is there a small arrow towards the tip of the connector? On my previous builds there has been and that side goes to the PWRBTN pin on your board, as seen in the manual, and the other to one of the grounds. and the same for the reset switch, except the pin is marked RESET. If there is no arrow on my case the ground cables are also white.
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May 18, 2011 12:13:01 AM

Yes, I found the little arrows! Thank you! As for the esata - yes, it does look like it will fit into the regular sata ports on the mobo. I have both Sata II and Sata III. I assume plug it into sata II ?
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May 18, 2011 12:27:20 AM

I would use the sata II for it, especially if your planing on having 2 internal sata III hard drives. I'd save them for that.
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May 18, 2011 3:11:08 AM

WWBD said:
Yes, I found the little arrows! Thank you! As for the esata - yes, it does look like it will fit into the regular sata ports on the mobo. I have both Sata II and Sata III. I assume plug it into sata II ?
The best controller will be the one with "hot plug" support. It's a BIOS setting. Try both and see which one allows the drive connected to it to use the "safely remove hardware" button.
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May 20, 2011 2:13:49 AM

Both the SATA II and native (non-Marvell) SATA III connectors support hot swap.
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May 20, 2011 2:46:53 AM

chesteracorgi said:
Both the SATA II and native (non-Marvell) SATA III connectors support hot swap.
You're going to have to be more specific in your description so I know whether or not you're referring to his specific motherboard.
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May 27, 2011 12:01:44 AM

Best answer selected by WWBD.
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