"Donald L McDaniel" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> On Sun, 13 Apr 2008 15:09:56 -0600, "Colin Barnhorst"
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>Yes. I run Vista Ultimate x64 and Vista Ultimate x86 from two drives
>>connected by passthrough to the mobo on my test box. On a computer with
>>integrated eSata port you simply hook up a SATA enclosure and the drive is
>>seen by the system as just another internal drive. There is really
>>special you have to do as long as there isn't some BIOS setting to enalbe
>>the port (which I doubt). Boot with the dvd and select the external SATA
>>drive as the target and go. I know of no special directions needed.
> Thanks, Colin: That really opens up a lot of possibilities for me.
> I still have a few lingering doubts, however:
> 1) What about Windows refusing to boot from external drives (USB and
> Firewire I am sure won't, but I'm not so sure about the new e_Sata
> 2) If the ONLY OS is installed on an e_SATA drive, will that drive be
> Drive 0? And will the boot partition be Drive 0, Partition 1? (i.e.,
> 3) Or must the Vista boot partition live only on an Internal drive?
All SATA controllers that I have seen do not treat eSATA drives as removable
or external drives but as hot swappable drives. To all intents and purposes
they behave exactly the same as an internal SATA drive on the same
controller. How the drive shows up (drive 0) depends on the controller,
which SATA port the external drive is plugged into, what other drives are
installed, how your BIOS deals with SATA drives, and a few other variables.
What this means is that no one can tell you the answer to some of your
questions without some very detailed information about your system. Even
then it would be just an educated guess. It doesn't really matter in any
case. Vista will call whatever partition it is installed on drive C: except
for very unusual cases. To install Vista on an eSATA drive boot from the
Vista DVD. If Vista sees your drive at the screen where you specify what
partition to install on then all is good. If not, click on the Load Driver
link and load the driver for the SATA controller the drive is connected to.
MS-MVP - Windows Desktop Experience: Systems Administration