p.s. ANYONE that has got this Dell 435MT with Win7 PRO 64-bit ... that has there eSATA "External" port working ... please let me know HOW?
Maybe a 32bit (Vista driver) ? and how would it perform. and can it revive a dead eSATA external port.
*** 1/27/2012 UPDATE: I finally got my eSATA "External" port working again , IN Win7 PRO 64-bit.
So, now I know ... it's NOT Win7 64-bit or PRO that's the issue (as some have said on some forums).
How did i find out? I bought a new 256gb Crucial SSD drive (It is the single thing you can do to make LRv3.6 and PS CS5 run faster , noticably so ... particularly LRv3.6 ... more on that on a future blog, and a future SSD disk cache, which will kill the need for RAID on your data drive, and will be faster) ....
Well I decided to Clean install my OS on the C: SSD , BUT to start with my Original DELL VISTA Home 64-bit install disks (which has all the original DELL drivers). I made sure I had the dead eSATA external port hooked up to my "turned ON" eSATA Reader.
Well, as soon as the VISTA install was finished. I noticed the eSATA external Reader/drive was reading my drive in it!!!
Then, through out the installs , Win7 Home 64-bit , then Win7 PRO 64-bit ... on each step the eSATA external port continued to work!
imho, it's interesting that if you did not run the eSATA external port before Win7 64-bit ... Win7 will NOT see it and will not install the Driver for it. Strange.
So, NOW I have a really FAST eSATA external port for my eSATA reader that I can plug in any eSATA "BARE" internal Hard Drive (2.5" or 3.5") and use it for back up, or to transfer files over that I need from my "Users" directory, some I needed when doing a clean install.
Particularly LR files (there is so much work there that I did not want to redo, like Saved Import settings, Default import by Camera/ISO settings, Pre-sets etc)
The Tourist of Light