Using eSata drive as permanent third drive

Whitizo

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Ok so im working with an ITX motherboard and Im using a 1tb hard drive and 120gb ssd. I only have 2 SATA ports and I want to get a second SSD.
I've considered going away with the hard drive but I just need all the storage and a 500-1tb SSD is way too much money.

So my question is, is it possible to get a cable to plug an internal drive into the external eSata port on my motherboard and leave it plugged in and running all the time. I would have my two 120gb SSD's plugged into the SATA 3 ports and the hard drive in the external port. With success I would then just cut out a spot on the back of my case to send the cable in and leave the hard drive inside the PC with the cable coming in from the external spot.
 

punkncat

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Personally would look to get a SATA card if you have a slot to install it on. I would guess that with m-ITX, no with video card there.

For awareness sake...if you chose to go with an external drive, get something with a fan. Full time use on "portable" drives most often fries them from heat.
I personally feel like your best bet might be a single larger HDD. 2-3TB drives can be found crazy cheap, and even saw a 500G SSD on sale on Newegg sub $60.
Aside from that, consider a NAS enclosure or a dock with a fan.
 

Whitizo

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Gonna go ahead and buy a 240gb ssd and just run my pc with 2 ssds and be cautious about my storage
 

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