Question about Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM, USB 2.0, eSATA, External 500 GB Hard Drive

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ESata connection I have tried to hook this drive up with a Vantec eSata PCI card. I installed the drivers for the card, and hooked everything up but it wont recognize the drive in this mode, and I have to switch back to the USB connection. Is there another setting that I need to change for this to work, or is the problem something else?

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  • Schwoebel Aug 25, 2007

    I went ahead and downloaded the drivers again. No change, so I am hoping that there is something in the configuration that can be done so that it will be recognized.

  • Schwoebel Sep 09, 2007

    Well, there was another solution here that seemed to disappear, and that was that the cable was not plugged in firmly enough, it seems that these drives you really have to get it in there solid to ensure the esata connection.

    I am happy to report that the drive now works via esata.

    For you timtech, You dont have to have an install package for the drive, but make sure that you have a package or drivers for the esata port, which in this case is your motherboard. So assuming your motherboard driver/bios is current, then it should be a matter of hooking it up.



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This is pretty low tech but I tapered the edges of an esata cable at the connector which allowed it to be pushed deep enough into the Freeagent Pro to provide a good connection. I used an xacto knife to shave it down, it took 5 minutes, works really well. Ridiculous that Seagate allows this to be released en mass like this but still, a great hard drive other than that.

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I am having the same exact problem with the 320GB version with e-Sata. The USB connection works, but I bought it strictly to use the e-Sata connection. I have the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe which has the onboard e-Sata port. The drive only had the FreeAgent software already on the drive, I do not think my drive came with an install package, and their website does not have one either. Please let me know if anyone has had experience with ANY e-Sata external drive.

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Are you using the latest drivers? Most of the time the drivers you get with products do not have the latest drivers. Try This will have the latest drivers for your operating system.

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