I'm trying to set up an external SATA enclosure box with my XP machine. The box has it's own power supply, holds 4 drives on rails and comes with a multilane pass through cable and connector, which seems just to be a cable with two small cards on each end, with 4 internal sata L type connectors, which are to be connected to the drives in the enclosure box and the card in the PC. The PC side of the cable just needs a free slot to screw into, it's not a controller card. The multilane cable is supposed to be a pass through.
On the PC side, I'm trying to use this with an SATA 150 PCI card, but when trying to install per mfg instructions, it boots, then hangs. Also tried using a Promise TX2300 Raid card and the PC won't even boot with this in - nothing. I need to unplug the power and remove the card.
So, the questions are: can I use an internal SATA PCI card with the drives in the enclosure via the above multilane cable?
If not, do I need to install a card with external SATA ports and if so, will this work well with an external to internal cable (so I can plug it into the box)?
Any other ideas to get this running?