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Asus P5KC board has esata but cannot get my WD Mybook recognised. Should the J-Micron eSata controller be in "IDE" mode? Would appreciate guidance. J.O.

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If you are connecting the mybook to the esata than the controller should be on esata.

This link is a generic users manual.

But by all accounts after you set it up and press the power button on the back of the MY BOOK you then power up the PC and use the MY BOOK's Disk managment to reformat it to NTFS because by default it is formated FAT32.

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