when i say "conncect directly into mobo via standard sata cable" I mean I am taking the drive out of the enclosure to plug it into the mb with a sata connector.
I only see two sata connectors on my board (see pic below)....the one my primary drive is plugged into and the one I have the sata to esata cable plugged into.
I have two of the sata to esata connectors, the one that was bundled with enclosure and this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813997001
They apear to be pretty much the same thing. It doesn't work using either of them.