Step 2—Installing and connecting the eSATA adapter
To locate the appropriate connectors on the system board, see the service label on the
workstation access panel.
Insert the eSATA adapter into the selected slot with the two SATA connector cables protruding
inside the workstation chassis
Close the expansion slot retention clamp
Connect the two eSATA adapter cables to two available SATA ports on the workstation system
board. On HP xw 6600 and HP xw 8600 Workstations, the red-colored SATA connectors are
designated for eSATA use.
eSATA adapter cable and secure the unused cable so that it does not interfere with operation of
other components within the workstation. Note which cable port is active for external device
Note the system board SATA port numbers used. You need this information for system BIOS setup.
Step 3—Reassembling the workstation
Reinstall the card support, if applicable.
Reinstall the side access panel.
Reconnect external devices and power cord.
To enable external eSATA devices at this time, go to
workstation on page 4
Step 4—Connecting eSATA devices to the workstation
Follow the manufacturer's instructions when connecting eSATA devices to the HP eSATA adapter.
HP eSATA PCI cable kit installation
Installing the eSATA adapter (HP xw8600 Workstation)
If only one SATA port is available or if using only one eSATA device, connect only a single
Step 5—Setting the system BIOS for eSATA operation
5. Otherwise, you can restore power to the workstation and all external devices.
Step 4—Connecting eSATA devices to the