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eSATA: pretty much dead now?


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I have a drive with it myself, never had any issues from it.
Always seemed to do fine but not using that connector anymore since newer boards don't have such a port on them that I've ever seen.
Get a SATA -> eSATA bracket? :)
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Cool fact:
eSATA ports accept USB devices too
How would that work? ESATA has a unique connector, how could you fit a USB cable of any type into it?

ESATA cables can be problematic, I had one cable that gave me nothing but connection troubles. I also don't like the shape of the cables.

As long as I keep my present case and motherboards continue to have SATA ports I won't have to ditch my powered eSATA external enclosure.
It just fits. I accidentally plugged in USB stick into eSATA once and it worked perfectly fine.
Most host-side eSATA ports quickly morphed into hybrid eSATA+USB ports, as it was otherwise difficult to defend the choice of eSATA replacing a USB port on the I/O. Without this the demise of eSATA would likely have been a lot faster.


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Cool fact:
eSATA ports accept USB devices too
That's eSATAp, which is basically just a eSATA/USB combo port. Normal eSATA does not work that way and eSATAp is actually newer than run of the mill eSATA. What you're seeing is something like this.

Not this:

eSATA has less room and no pins on the bottom of the connector and USB devices just simply don't fit. eSATAp on the other hand is a slightly bigger connector receptacle (that can fit USB devices,) with your run of the mill USB 2.0 pins on the opposite side of the connector and the extra diff pairs being in back for 3.0 support if it has it.
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