Windows 10: eSATA to USB 3 adapter?


  1. Posts : 477
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
       20 May 2018 #1

    eSATA to USB 3 adapter?


    Sort of a hardware question:
    I I have an old PC with an front panel eSATA port (not power eSATA or eSATA + USB) and a couple USB 2 ports but no USB 3 ports. I have no need for eSATA but have a number of USB 3.0 devices. I've been looking for an eSTAT-m to USB 3.0-f adapter or cable but have not been able to find any. I've seen many USB-m to eSATA-f and several eSATAp-m to USB-f.

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    I now understand that the eSATA interface does not provide power so the adapter I'm looking for would have to be a powered Adapter. Knowing that doesn't seem to help. Does anybody know of such a beast?
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  2. Barman58's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 1803 - 17134.5 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       20 May 2018 #2

    Do you have any front (HDD) or rear (pci) panels free, if so it would probably be better to install a USB3 hub into the system- This will give you a number of USB3 ports fully powered for not a lot more that what is likely to be a difficult to find adaptor
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  3. Posts : 477
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
    Thread Starter
       20 May 2018 #3

    Yes, that's probably the best solution. I have an open USB 3.0 port in back. I should probably just plug in a powered hub. I just bugs me that I've got this unusable front port. :)
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  4. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       20 May 2018 #4

    If the motherboard has capability I like using PCIe X1 Add-in cards for USB 3, latest I've done gave me 3 USB 3 ports for external access and 1 internal port which worked great for also adding a 3.5" 4-port USB 3 Hub in the front of the case, total of 7 in addition to what came on the motherboard.
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  5. Posts : 477
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
    Thread Starter
       20 May 2018 #5

    Actually, the current capability of the motherboard isn't important because it's about to be replaced. (See thread here if you want to see the discussion.) I don't actually need more than the 2 USB 3.0 ports that I've got on the box, but it's a test / diagnosis PC; I often transfer stuff from my other PCs to it on a USB 3 flash memory stick. Having the only USB 3 ports in the back is sort of a pain.
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