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a b ) Power supply
October 16, 2010 8:00:18 PM

If I have a motherboard that has an e-SATA port on the rear, can I route that port up to the front if I have a case like the HAF X?

HAF X: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-119-...

Thanks in advance for any help.

EDIT: Just to be clear, I wish to use the e-SATA port built into the front panel of the HAF.

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a c 235 V Motherboard
October 16, 2010 9:39:54 PM

My recommendation would be just plug it into your Motherboard to an open SATA port, as designed. You can do it how you mentioned but got from the motherboard will be more efficient.

Also, don't forget to enable AHCI so you can use the "hot swap" feature. Otherwise, you will need to have it plugged in before stating your PC to have it recongized.
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a b ) Power supply
October 16, 2010 9:50:46 PM

tecmo34 said:
You can do it how you mentioned but got from the motherboard will be more efficient.


How would I do it as I have asked? would the SATA cable from the front plug into the eSATA port?

All of the ports on my Mobo are full - 2 drives in RAID 0, 2 drives in RAID 1 and a boot drive. The only alternative is to buy a RAID card, which I am considering anyway. Any suggestions for a good 4 port internal RAID card for PCI-e x1?
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a c 235 V Motherboard
October 16, 2010 10:21:30 PM

I couldn't find a 4 internal slot PCIe x1 for cheap but I here is a decent 2 port card... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for connecting it, you just run the cable through an open slot and plug it into the rear panel's eSATA port.
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October 17, 2010 1:36:27 AM

regular SATA can't plug into eSATA - is there some sort of adapter you would recommend to fix this?
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a c 235 V Motherboard
October 17, 2010 1:48:02 AM

You can purchase an adapter like this to convert to an eSATA with an eSATA cable.

http://www.cpustuff.com/esata-to-sata-adapter.-esatamsa...
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October 17, 2010 9:47:27 AM

Buy the adapter that's the best choice.
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a b ) Power supply
October 17, 2010 12:38:13 PM

Best answer selected by user 18.
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a b ) Power supply
October 23, 2010 4:40:17 PM

Thanks to all who responded so quickly to my question. The adapter is working great.
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a c 235 V Motherboard
October 23, 2010 4:49:40 PM

Great to hear!! :D 
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