I have XP x64.
I bought a NORCO-4618 PCI-X / PCI eSATA / SATA II / SATA I Controller Card. I finally got a chance to connect it and I connected 4 ext hdds today. When I turned on my computer, some of the drives started right up and some didn't. Some turned on after some time had passed and some turned off after a length of time. I rotated the cables but it didn't make a difference. They all turn on and off at different times. When they turn off, they don't usually turn back on.
The drives work fine when I use a USB 2.0 cable.
I checked out the reviews of the card at the newegg site where I bought it:
Customer Reviews Of NORCO-4618 PCI-X / PCI eSATA / SATA II / SATA I Controller Card RAID 0/1/5/10/JBOD - Retail
The opinions seem mixed. Some had good luck, others had bad.
These are the cables I purchased, Some I to L, and some I to I:
SATA Cables External and eSATA cables External
I removed the USB 2.0 cables from the ext hdds that have SATA ports and plugged in either SATA I or SATA II cables, as needed. I then connected the cables to either the SATA adapter card or into the ports on my pc, as needed.
The card is listed in System Devices.
Does anyone have any ideas on why this is happening and how I can fix it so that they'll stay on? I'd appreciate any suggestions.