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Re: XP to Windows 7



Flightless Bird
"bobster" <fauxie@bogus.net> wrote in message news:...

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." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> 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.