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Good2Go28

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Hi, I have a Gigabyte G3TM ES2 motherboard I'd like to add either eSata  or USB 3 to it but everything I've researched hasn't helped me I have sata connections. Is my motherboard too old ?  I tried to connect a sata connection to make an eSata but no go. I have 3 sata ports but they are under my Video Card & I don't think they are usable, Any thoughts beside a new motherboard ?

 

 

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Edited by Good2Go28, 03 March 2017 - 01:17 PM.

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iammykyl

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Gday  Good2Go28  :welcome:

I have 3 sata ports but they are under my Video Card & I don't think they are usable

That sounds like you may have your video card in the wrong slot as the SATA ports should be available.   Let's clarify that first.

This link to your MB, > http://download1.gig...s2c)_v2.3_e.pdf

Look at page #7.   If your video card is in slot #15? your four SATA ports (#7) should not be covered.

 

What hardware/device are you  wanting to attach to your computer?

What ports do you want?

1.   An internal HDD. (SATA port)

2.   An external HDD. (eSATA port)

3.   External USB 2.0 or 3.0.

4.   Other type.

 

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Hi, I'm sending you a pic of my board with the graphics card installed. Does my original question have a work around or am I at a dead end ?   I do have one sata port with a cable to an eSata port installed but it does not work, do I need to install a driver & if so from where ?   

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something like this will give you esata connections :- https://www.amazon.c...ZFYQP0RD39DRFJT

 

it plugs into your pciex1 connection just above your graphics card (white slot.)

or if you want usb3 then this is an example of one :- https://www.amazon.c...d/dp/B0042U52KC

 

can't find out what version of pcie is on that board but those cards need at least version 2.0 for maximum performance.

if the board uses an older spec like 1.0 or 1.1 i'd think they'd still work but you may not get the maximum data throughput that you'd get with a pcie v2.0x1 slot. (or newer)

 

pcie :- https://en.wikipedia...CI_Express_1.0a

 

:popcorn:


Edited by terry1966, 04 March 2017 - 02:00 AM.

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iammykyl

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Thanks for the update.

The board has less room on it as against the manual pics.  

I can see where you used the SATA-0 (yellow) to the HDD?   

Where have you plugged in the SATA to eSATA cable?   Does it look like any on  this page, > http://www.addonics....ial_ata_tut.phpif not, give a link to where you purchased it.

What device have you tried to connect to the eSATA  adapter?

 

 

Does my original question have a work around or am I at a dead end ? 

If we can't sort it using your onboard SATA connections, we can use a PCIe to eSATA card, but more expensive.


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Gday Good2Go28.

terry966 PMd me pointing out you are using a eSATA backplate, sorry i missed that.

Is it similar to this > http://www.ebay.com....t-/380349345175

What device are you plugging into to the eSATA port?


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Hi,

 

Just my two cents...

 

- the external device you connect to the eSata port must have its own power source

- because the Sata ports on the motherboard don't support hot-swap you must connect the external HDD to the eSata port before starting the machine so the BIOS can detect it, also you should confirm that the HDD is detected by the BIOS.


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Thanks SleepuDude for your input.

OP has not been back yet to tell us what device he is connecting.   Didn't want to overload with heaps of alternative links. 

If a HDD encloser, then yes your solution will work.

If a bare drive, then an eSATA + Molex power backplate will be needed.

If the HDD/encloser has a eSATAp port, then a matching PCIe card would be the solution. 

As USB 3.0 is also requested, some juggling of adapters may be needed. 


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