dwarfcow wrote in post #10408810
and i have not been able for the life of me to get the eSata to work (rated at 3gbits/sec). The motherboard recognizes the drive on eSata, but i can't get windows to acknowledge its existence; either in explorer or in disk manager.
If you can see it with the motherboard then I assume you know how to get into the BIOS?
If so check if the hard drives are set in ACHI mode, or IDE compatibility mode.
If its the later you will see eSATA connected drives in BIOS, but may have trouble seeing them in Windows and you won't be able to hot swap.
If it is set to IDE compatibility then only a reinstall can solve it as Windows has to install a different set of drivers.
As for your storage problems, it sounds like your not really making the best use of your current Hard drives and need to expand.
The fastest way to access photos will always be on an internal drive, but you need to keep externals for back up.
I run 4 drives in my computer and 2 externals.
A 500gb and 320gb hold the OS, programs, music, movies, games etc.
The 320gb drive also gets used as a photoshop scratch disc.
I then use two 1TB drives for my photos and LR catalog.
One is my working drive, it's were photos get downloaded too off the camera and where I load them from for editing then save back to.
Its broken into different folders and the structure is matched in LR.
The second drive is an internal back up. i.e. A quick and easy to access back if something happens to the other drive or I stuff up a photo. It is an exact copy of the working drive.
The two external drives are also 1TB each and both exact copies of the working drive as well. They are updated using an eSATA docking station.
When the 1TB drives get full I will simply replace them with 2TB drives and carry on. By the time they get full 4TB should be available, and after that, we'll it will be time for a new computer anyway, and who knows, we might using quantum physics to store data in a different reality.
This works very well for me, and maximizes use of the computers resources by spreading reading and writing across different drives.