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  1. #1
    Aug 2003
    Toronto, Canada

    eSATA on Maximus Acting Up

    I recently moved my HTPC components into my desktop case, everything seems good, except that I find eSATA to be troublesome. Basically I'll copy files from an HDD connected via eSATA to my local HD and it'll often just stop. If I wait a while, it'll eventually kick in at a low speed of 3MB/s and accelerate back up to normal speeds, gradually.
    I've always found eSATA on the X38 to be very flakey, as has my bro in law on his Gigabyte board, but I never had this type of issue.

    eSATA is coming from a connecter on my CM-690 case, connected to the 4th port on the Maximus, using the latest BIOS running AHCI on Vista Ultimate 64bit.
    I'm using the latest Intel Matrix Storage Manager software.

    Edit: forgot to mention, using a Vantec NexStar 3 enclosure and I've tried 2 diff HDDs.

    Anyone have any ideas what would be causing this type of behaviour, and how I could solve it? Thanks.
    Last edited by Eluder; 08-03-2008 at 11:43 PM.

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  2. #2
    Nov 2007
    St-Sauveur, Quebec

    Re: eSATA on Maximus Acting Up

    The driver for the eSATA port is most probably being impeded by a poor bios revision...

  3. #3
    Aug 2003
    Toronto, Canada

    Re: eSATA on Maximus Acting Up

    Well there is no 'native' eSATA port on the board; it's basically one of my SATA ports connected to a breakout SATA to eSATA bracket that is part of my case. I tested the port with an HDD directly connected to it via SATA, and the problem seems to exist in a similar manner. Basically my test is to copy a 14GB file from my main drive over to the other HDD, then copy it back. On the copy back, it seems to halt the system, but it appears to actually be copying the data in the background; this only happens when copying from the eSATA connected drive... strange.
    Last edited by Eluder; 08-04-2008 at 10:16 AM.

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