Originally Posted by fullwave2
If you make a product advertised to be eSATA compatible it should be as such. Then to blame it on the drive as being the problem. Looks like I may be out a couple hundred bucks because Pace may not have fully done their homework.
I understand and share your frustration at combo eSATA/USB situation. However, lets review the facts here:
1. If you have such a drive working, there's really no need to run out and purchase another.
2. When I made my original statement about compatibility, I said any eSATA drive that didn't have SSC enabled would work (and I still stand by that statement).
3. At the time of the statement in question (#2), we had not seen any drive that exhibited compatibility issues.
4. Some (and I emphasize some and not all) of the combo drives in question produce CRC errors when connecting via eSATA (USB to a PC is ok though).
5. If the CRC errors are bad enough, it will become problematic (hence the warning).
6. These problematic drives surfaced long after the statement in #2.
7. Given the fact that some combo drives have bugs in the firmware and others may not (it just depends on the chip and firmware on the chip), we could say that we work with revision X.Y.Z of manufacturer A, but its impossible to test all of these combinations. The hard reality of this situation is there are some drives out there with bugs (and its not just a particular drive manufacturer).
8. There really is no easy way for us to work around a significant # of CRC errors produced by the drive. The drive is producing the CRC error, not our firmware.
9. I don't think this is a permanent situation/restriction. I strongly suspect that firmware updates will be available at some point in the future.
You can hook up and combo drive and it may work, but caveat emptor is all I'm saying.