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#89393 1-Sep-2011 12:25
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Why is there no prepackaged ESATA 2.5" Hard Disks (Like the WD Elements) when there are USB 2 and USB 3 drives readily available? The only thing I can see are either 3.5" or make your own kits.

Seems strange given that ESata is faster!

Am I missing something?

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  #515023 1-Sep-2011 13:05
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The newer portable/2.5" disk WD Elements SE have USB 3.0

Presumably they don't have enough space to fit an esata controller in the case without making it bigger or there simply isn't enough demand for esata.

Heaps of people don't know what eSata is and for it to work in a plug and play manner like usb, you need a relatively new computer with AHCI enabled sata ports.

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  #515025 1-Sep-2011 13:06
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Still, considerably less computers today have USB3 than ESata Connectors. Seems an odd part of the market to be missing.


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  #515584 2-Sep-2011 10:59
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Yeah but the USB 3.0 connection is backwards compatible to USB 2.0, so you don't have to have two connectors on the case, eSATA also needs a different cable.

If you went on the street and asked 10 random average joe's what USB was they would roughly know, if you asked them what eSATA is they'd be ????

Just saw this one, the new Seagate GoFLex has swappable cable attachments 

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