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04-10-2011 07:02 AM
I am on Windows XP Pro. Just bought a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex with ESATA port.
My problem is when I plugged in the external drive, the laptop doesn't detect the drive. I don't think the drive needs special driver. It's plug and play.
Anyone please share your experience and the solution for my problem.
04-10-2011 09:25 AM
Yes, AHCI would need to be enabled in the bios to be able to hot plug an e-sata device.
Problem is if it is not enabled when windows was installed, it cannot be enabled after unless it is W7 or Vista, if you are using XP, then you need to enable ahci in the bios and reinstall XP.
If you are using Vista or W7, see this article, enable AHCI in the registry, shut down, enter the bios and enable AHCI, save bios changes and exit bios, start windows, see if it works now.
04-10-2011 10:07 AM
No, raid will not help, it must be another problem, try this shut the PC down (not restart), connect e-sata drive and turn it on, start up the PC , see if it shows up anywhere now.