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    Default Re: Can I use eSATA drives with my motherboard?

    Icy Box enclosures are always good quality. Icy Box IB-361STUS-B-BL 3.5" Black EasySwap Aluminium SATA HDD enclosure with USB2.0 & eSata Host - Scan.co.uk is the cheapest one that supports SATA 2 (3Gb/s).

    If you're OK with just SATA 1 data rates then Icy Box IB-390StUS-B 3.5" Aluminium Black Case for Sata II HDD with USB & eSATA Host interface - Scan.co.uk will do.
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    Default Re: Can I use eSATA drives with my motherboard?

    Thanks guys, I'm checking them out now. All of them look good. I'm in the UK so the ones from Scan are easier for me to get hold of.

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    In case it was missed, the eSATA enclosure is not a requirement when using the Gigabyte eSATA bracket. The bracket comes with the cables to connect "internal" type SATA devices externally.
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    Default Re: Can I use eSATA drives with my motherboard?

    Listen to your grampamu he nailel it on the 1st post.
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    Default Re: Can I use eSATA drives with my motherboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho101 View Post
    If you are referring to transmit/receive potential, this has been altered to help cut interferance, as the ESATA cable is more exposed to other devices than the SATA cables internally.

    The information you posted would IMO only really apply if using native ESATA ports hard wired to a motherboard. For this application, as said, the OP is merely extending internal SATA ports.
    Yes, only those. After all external SATA is "just extending" internal ports.
    If it was a removable SATA drive tray that uses the standard cable, I'd say there is no problem, extending the cable length may present a problem.

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    All I want is an external HDD that’s not USB. I know that most portable external drives are USB, but I don’t really want portable. All I want is external but backup purpose only.
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    So, am I going about it the wrong way? I was going to buy an external enclosure (one of the two recommended above), a 1TB SATA HDD and then connect it all to the backplate on the computer (after I’ve had the backplate installed).
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    Default Re: Can I use eSATA drives with my motherboard?

    That's the best way to go. You can go without an enclosure, as gampamu said, but I wouldn't want to continually handle a bare HDD. The controller board on the bottom of the unit is still static sensitive.
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    Is the new HDD going to be connected to the computer all the time, or plugged in only when performing the back-ups and put away until needed?

    If the HDD is going to be connected to the computer all the time, it would make the best sense to simply install the HDD internally.

    If the HDD is going to be used for back-ups and put away until needed, you can either connect the HDD directly using the cables that came with the eSATA bracket or you can put the disk in an eSATA enclosure as others have suggested if you don't feel comfortable handling the bare HDD. But I would personally install the HDD internally in this situation as well and "put sway" the HDD simply by unplugging the power connector (the larger of the two connectors associated with SATA drives).
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