How to Use eSata

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ESATA, external Serial ATA, is an external device connectivity specification for hard drives and optical drives. The eSATA specification is a direct extension to the SATA specification used for internal hard drives and optical drives. ESATA provides for transfers speeds of up to 6.0 Gbit/s and does not suffer from performance loss due to converting from a hard drive interface to a USB or FireWire interface. Using eSATA to connect a drive to your computer is a simple task that any computer user can accomplish.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with an available eSATA port
  • Locate the eSATA port on the external device. This port will be clearly marked and keyed to allow for insertion of the cable in only one orientation.

  • Insert one end of the external device's included eSATA cable firmly into the eSATA port on the device.

  • Locate an available eSATA port on the rear or front face of the computer. This port will be identical to the one found on the external device.

  • Insert the opposite end of your eSATA cable into the computer's eSATA port.

  • Power on your external device. This will initiate an auto-detection by your operating system that will automatically configure your device.

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