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#1 Steven P.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:55

I have two SATA ports on the back of my PC and was hoping to hook up a spare SATA drive I have, to use as a backup drive, but when I search around for enclosures they all seem to want to do Sata -> USB conversions?

 

How can I hook up the spare drive to the back SATA ports for a better performance than the USB 2.0 ports I have? :p

 

*My board is a ASUS PK5-E (SATA 2/USB 2.0) I stopped using an external USB2 drive (Toshiba 1TB "book" or something)  because of the terrible performance and drastically slower boot times as well, but I still want to be able to backup my data to a second drive :p.



Best Answer Roger H. , 02 December 2013 - 18:00

You need a eSATA enclosure which will allow you to add 1 or more drives.

You can use something like this which is more specialized:

http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=33

Or something similar to the ones here:

http://www.newegg.co...ame=USB & eSATA Go to the full post



#2 Roger H.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 18:00   Best Answer

You need a eSATA enclosure which will allow you to add 1 or more drives.

You can use something like this which is more specialized:

http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=33

Or something similar to the ones here:

http://www.newegg.co...ame=USB & eSATA

#3 +theblazingangel

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 18:08

Finding decent enclosures to stick standard internal HDDs in I've found to be difficult. You might have more luck searching for HDD docking stations, which in my opinion are a better solution anyway. There are solutions out there with eSATA, I'll maybe try to find some links later if you need them.

#4 OP Steven P.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 18:12

Cheers, at least I know what to look for now :p



#5 vetRadishTM

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 20:23

HDD docking stations are better IMO, I have something like this for my internal SATA drives - http://www.ebuyer.co...ck-satdocku2egb

Just remember to use the latest JMicron drivers with your E-SATA port (Y)



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