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what is this port?


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Please see the snapshot: http://img819.images...785gxh128mm.jpg

I tried to connect it to a dvd drive but the computer didn't recognize the drive, what is this port? thanks.
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Please see the snapshot: http://img819.images...785gxh128mm.jpg

I tried to connect it to a dvd drive but the computer didn't recognize the drive, what is this port? thanks.

when i look up the specs of your motherboard
i noticed this "1 x eSATAII 3.0 Gb/s connector (shared with 1 SATAII port)"
so i think its the shared port with the ESATA.
do you have something connected to the ESATA port? that might explain why its not registering the dvd-drive.

i found you MOBO specs here
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Thanks for helping. What's an ESATA port? I have nothing connected to the port circled in red. As for the other 6 SATA ports, 4 ports are used for my 4 SATA hard drives, one is used for the DVD drive, and the last port is for powering up the PC.
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It's the eSATA II port made to run eSATA hard drives externally that have their own power supply. the eSATA is a SATA connector accessible from outside the computer, to provide a signal (but not power) connection for external storage devices. it runs at USB 3.0 speeds

Your Asrock Motherboard manual.
ftp://174.142.97.10/manual/M3A785GXH128M.pdf

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That's nice, but how do I use this port for my dvd drive or a sata drive? Thanks.
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I have read that there are problems with the ASUS esata ll port. Some people say you have to use a external eSATA drive enclosure to be able to use the connector. The reality of the port(connector) is that it is for a self powered external SATA ll 3Gb/s drive that you can just turn on and off without going thru windows to safely remove the drive.

Here's a good read on the port.
http://forums.hardwa...sata-issue/2544

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