Adding eSATA to an Acer Aspire 1

esata

In another installment of her ongoing efforts to mod the Acer Aspire 1, [tnkgrl] has added eSATA capabilities. During the hard drive upgrade she did, she used the spare PATA connection, leaving an SATA connection free. This time she has gone in and extended it to be accessible outside the case. To do that, she scavenged an eSATA connector from a desktop and simply wired it into the connections on the motherboard. She then mounted it flush as seen in the picture above.  In the past she’s covered adding RAM, internal Bluetooth and the hard drive upgrade.

Comments

  1. cde says:

    Neat. This can be done on any computer with a free sata port, just drill the hole and add the cable.

  2. ho0d0o says:

    awesome idea. i have a acer aspire one aoa150 and currently adding a touch screen. this would be an excellent extra mod for me to do. one thing i would do different is mod the case and maybe mount the port somewhere else as to not clutter the card reader port. excellent mod though.

  3. Zencyde says:

    When I first heard about Tnkgrl I wasn’t too impressed. She seemed to have a basic understanding but nothing that wowed me. This, on the other hand, is most impressive. Kudos to her for her craftsmanship and hacking skills. :)

  4. spacecoyote says:

    esata is supposed to have a higher minimum transmit voltage and a lower minimum receive voltage. this may have problems with longer (ie. 6ft) cables.

  5. strider_mt2k says:

    She does rock with her mods, that’s true.

    She inspired me to rip into my Dell Mini 9 and do the stuff i did to it.

    -and then fix what i broke

    -and then continue on to finish my mods for an awesome daily driver when i was finished.

  6. dhelsaints says:

    cool stuff dude! finally got an idea with what to do on my other laptop. thanks.

  7. Nubia Livoti says:

    I like the acer aspire. In addition to more quickly and not too hot. His design is also quite elegant.

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