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# 20883 8-Apr-2008 20:27
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If I want to connect a SATA HDD to the ExpressCard eSATA port on my notebook, what is the best / easiest / cheapest way to acheive this, without buying an external enclosure.

I have a cable that goes from the SATA headers on the motherboard to 2 eSATA ports on the rear of a PC and have been told that using this in reverse will work, but I'm not so sure as the pins will be reversed??

eSATA port on notebook -> eSATA cable -> (eSATA socket (mounted on PCI slot backpane) -> SATA plug (intended to be plugged into motherboard)) -> SATA HDD

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  # 122219 8-Apr-2008 22:07
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I think I'm being a dummy now that I think about it some more, but I want to be sure.

Because they are just straight cables pin 1 is pin 1 on both ends regardless of how many pieces I have to plug together to get the right connectors yeah?



The red will go the HDD and the ExpressCard to the obvious place.

Thanks for your help!

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  # 122245 9-Apr-2008 07:46
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From what I know that should work

 
 
 
 


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  # 122247 9-Apr-2008 07:49
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Messy but will work!







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  # 122251 9-Apr-2008 08:20
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Ascent have a special on these: http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=359682 which is a more elegant solution, but slightly more expensive no doubt.



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  # 122252 9-Apr-2008 08:25
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Thanks guys. I will report back later on today!

This is just a temporary measure to get the content of my desktop HDD into my laptop in the quickest posible way. I am still investigating long term options for external backup of my laptop, considering eSATA enclosure, NAS or file server on my network. Stay tuned for more questions :-)

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  # 122281 9-Apr-2008 11:13
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Cool cool, all done, a great way to do it!!

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