My FreeAgent Pro 320GB is connected with a USB2.0 cable, and runs about 5 times as fast as it did with a Sata-to-eSATA connector to the backplate, then a 3ft eSATA cable to the baseplate of the drive. Either way, the baseplate becomes too hot to touch.
Seagate tech support suggested I get a PCI eSATA controller, but (a) is that really going to make a difference to the speed, ( I don't have an open PCI slot (2 PCI and 3 PCI express), and ©, why should I cough up for a controller, only to find that the drive is still not appreciably faster than USB?
And what's the deal with the overheating?
Has anyone successfully used an eSATA controller with this beast?