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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=N82E16822101082

Case: LIAN LI PC-A04A Silver Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112315

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Do I have an outdated cable or a totally mismatched drive and port?
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  1. 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=N82E16822101082

    Case: LIAN LI PC-A04A Silver Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112315

    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    Do I have an outdated cable or a totally mismatched drive and port?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.
  2. 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.
  3. Best answer
    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/howToSelectSataConnectorAndCable.pdf
  4. 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/howToSelectSataConnectorAndCable.pdf


    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.
  5. Best answer selected by barflydc.
  6. 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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