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External HDD with eSATA connection not recognized

  1. #1


    Georgetown, Texas
    Posts : 17
    Win 8pro 64 bit

    External HDD with eSATA connection not recognized


    I am running Win 8.1 Pro 64 bit. I have a WD "red" HDD connected externally in a NexStar-NX box. The NexStar supports USB 3.0 and eSATA. The USB 3.0 connection works fine and shows up in WIN 8.1 disk manager and all files are accessable. When I use a eSATA cable (have tried 2 different ones) the HDD is not recognized by Win 8.1. Win 7 HP 64 bit sees the eSATA connection and all works well. The HDD, when using the eSATA connection, shows up in the post boot screen as I have the HDD listed in the BIOS. I would like to use the eSATA connection as I'm short of USB 3.0 ports on my ASUS Maximus V Gene mob.
    Any suggestions or is this a Win 8.1 quirk?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Two things come to mind:
    I'm wondering if power to the drive needs to be governed internally when connected via SATA;
    it may also need to be brought 'Online' as in the screenshot:
    Last edited by Brink; 02 Jan 2014 at 12:06. Reason: removed broken image
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  3. #3


    Georgetown, Texas
    Posts : 17
    Win 8pro 64 bit


    Thanks, I will check this out. Right now the drive uses external power.
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