Windows Vista eSATA – Known Issues and Solutions

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I have a Western Digital eSATA external HDD and have been trying to get it to work with a Medion laptop running Vista Home Premium. No luck whatsoever. Is it likely to be a Windows driver issue, or just an incompatibility with the laptop?

Best Answer

eSATA works on Vista for the most part. The problem comes when you want to remove the device; the nForce Vista x86 driver (circa 2007) would bluescreen when you removed the drive. Not sure if this is still the case now. Microsoft SATA drivers support removal with a registry fix, KB950186 and also KB961078.