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Date:      Mon, 6 Feb 2012 15:57:49 +0000
From:      RW <rwmaillists@googlemail.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: USB 3 / eSATA support
Message-ID:  <20120206155749.3330f26e@gumby.homeunix.com>
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On Fri, 03 Feb 2012 22:49:11 -0500
Dean E. Weimer wrote:

> On 03.02.2012 21:36, RW wrote:

> > Just in case you aren't aware, you don't necessarily need an eSATA
> > card. You can get eSATA back-plates that plug into spare SATA
> > connections on your motherboard.
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> That the board has plenty of, how does that work with removing the 
> drives?
> Does it require a reboot?


AFAIK  there's no difference between SATA and eSATA above the physical
layer. It's just cabling and some minor voltage range changes (which
are designed to work SATA to eSATA, or eSATA to eSATA).

Hot-swapping is a SATA feature supported under  AHCI. You probably
need to switch this on in the BIOS. Some legacy OSs don't support it,
so IDE is usually the default.



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