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March 9, 2012 11:46:46 AM

Hi,

The cable for my e-sata drive doesn't fit into the e-sata port on my new case. Any ideas as to why?

Drive: Cavalry CAXE Series 1TB USB 2.0 / eSATA External Hard Drive - CAXE3701T0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: LIAN LI PC-A04A Silver Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have an e-sata pci card from my old machine that I could add to the new system, but one of the reasons I bought this case was because it already had the port on it and I wanted to save the pci slot for something else.

Do I have an outdated cable or a totally mismatched drive and port?
a b B Homebuilt system
March 9, 2012 1:11:15 PM

barflydc said:
Hi,

The cable for my e-sata drive doesn't fit into the e-sata port on my new case. Any ideas as to why?

Drive: Cavalry CAXE Series 1TB USB 2.0 / eSATA External Hard Drive - CAXE3701T0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: LIAN LI PC-A04A Silver Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have an e-sata pci card from my old machine that I could add to the new system, but one of the reasons I bought this case was because it already had the port on it and I wanted to save the pci slot for something else.

Do I have an outdated cable or a totally mismatched drive and port?


Is your case port e-sata I or e-sata II? Your drive is e-sata II.
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March 9, 2012 1:20:52 PM

Chaz21 said:
Is your case port e-sata I or e-sata II? Your drive is e-sata II.


How can I tell? Everything I find on the Lian-Li specs just says e-sata x1, it doesn't specify if it's sata I or II, though since this is a new case with USB 3 I expected it would be e-sata II.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 9, 2012 1:42:50 PM

And of course LIAN LI's site doesn't say.
Try looking at this and see if it helps you:
www.newark.com/pdfs/sata/howToSelectSataConnectorAndCab...
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March 9, 2012 4:33:01 PM

Chaz21 said:
And of course LIAN LI's site doesn't say.
Try looking at this and see if it helps you:
www.newark.com/pdfs/sata/howToSelectSataConnectorAndCab...


Thanks. this helped me determine that there are only I-type and L-type e-sata connectors. I have the I-type and after some close inspection and much more force that should be necessary i was able to get the cable to fit the port. The drive was recognized and is operating fine.

Thanks for your help on this.
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March 9, 2012 4:33:27 PM

Best answer selected by barflydc.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 9, 2012 5:11:40 PM

barflydc said:
Thanks. this helped me determine that there are only I-type and L-type e-sata connectors. I have the I-type and after some close inspection and much more force that should be necessary i was able to get the cable to fit the port. The drive was recognized and is operating fine.

Thanks for your help on this.


Glad it worked for you. :) 
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