"bobster" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:... Bill, See my last post to Anna regarding my "as delivered" Inspiron 530 configuration. The first WD 320g HD I bought was the full kit and contained the eSATA cable and rear adapter/connector. The other identical HDs were bought as "bare drives" which go for as little as $40 and come with nothing but the drive. And, BTW, thanks for your comments as well as those from Peter. =========================================== "Bill in Co." <email@example.com> wrote in message news9SMQzrpKHA.1544@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl... Anna wrote: >> Anna wrote: >> <snip> >> >>> bobster: >>> Your having an external enclosure that has SATA-to-SATA connectivity >>> (presumably in addition to USB-connectivity) is really an ideal >>> situation. >>> Since (AFAIK) your Dell Inspiron 530 is not equipped with an eSATA port >>> it >>> didn't occur to me that you were working with that type of external >>> device. >>> I would guess that you've either installed a eSATA (or SATA) adapter in >>> the >>> desktop machine to achieve that capability or directly connect your >>> external >>> device to an available SATA connector on the motherboard. > > > "Bill in Co." <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message > news:%23XrZRTqpKHA.1556@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl... >> I think it does have an eSATA port already, Anna, unless I'm losing my >> memory. >> >> I also have a Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop, and have in the past used a >> Vantec eSATA/USB2 external HD enclosure for backup, although now I'm >> using >> a second *internal* SATA drive for that purpose, since its simpler and >> presumably faster (and I've been using it a fair amount just to get a >> clean restore after various software tests - otherwise I'd use an >> external >> backup). > > > Bill: > Thanks for the correction. I recall working on one of those Dell Inspiron > 530s some time ago and I didn't recall that it was equipped with an eSATA > port. So I just assumed the OP had either installed an eSATA adapter in > one > of the PCI slots or made a direct connection from his/her SATA external > enclosure to one of the motherboard's SATA connectors. > Anna Well, in retrospect, my memory might be off, and maybe I put in a bracket (with the connector) that came with the Vantec enclosure kit - now I'm not so sure. Old age may be setting in. Maybe bobster can clarify it. Since I'm only now using the second internal SATA drive as a backup, I can't recall for sure.