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Use the On-Board SATA Port on Pogoplug Pro

September 14th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

There is an internal SATA port on Pogoplug Pro. You can connect an eSATA external hard drive to this SATA port. But before doing so, you need an SATA to eSATA cable and make some modifications to the Pogoplug Pro’s covers. Here is how:

  1. Take the Pogoplug Pro apart. Grab the transparent housing using one hand and the front cover (the stand) using the other hand and use some force to jig them apart. Then cut a small slot on the front cover (the stand) between the front USB port and the LED light cover.
    Pogoplug SATA Mod
  2. You can see the red SATA port on the PCB board.
    Pogoplug SATA Mod
  3. On the top cover you need to cut two slots into the ribs to make room for the SATA to eSATA cable.
    Pogoplug SATA Mod
  4. Connect the SATA to eSATA cable to the on-board SATA port. Remember to pass the cable through the front cover slot (the one that we cut in the previous step) first.
    Pogoplug SATA Mod
  5. Replace the top cover, the transparent housing, and the front cover (the stand). Make sure they close tight and slug. Now you can connect your eSATA external hard drive to the Pogoplug Pro.
    Pogoplug SATA Mod
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  1. December 6th, 2011 at 00:28 | #1

    Thanks for the guide. Just received the Pogoplug Pro today, will be trying it out in the next few days. :)

  2. Bing
    December 14th, 2011 at 00:01 | #2

    great tip! how does the sata->esata port work on your pogoplug? what’s the transfer rate you got?

  3. EternJ
    December 16th, 2011 at 22:53 | #3

    @Bing

    It works pretty well. I’m getting a constant write speed around 22MB/s.

  4. James
    January 7th, 2012 at 07:54 | #4

    I am able to take the transparent shell out pretty easy but have no idea how to unsnap the black case open.

  5. Larry
    February 21st, 2012 at 19:45 | #5

    How do you get power supplied to HD?

  6. Patrick
    July 26th, 2012 at 06:15 | #6

    Will this work for a pogoplug Classic? The black one being offered with the new pogoplug family promotion?

  7. John
    August 24th, 2012 at 20:01 | #7

    Why don’t you just punch out the pogoplug logo and go through the front hole that is already there? (where the light shines through)

  8. Patrick
    September 28th, 2012 at 17:59 | #8

    any word on the pogoplug classic?

  9. EternJ
    October 11th, 2012 at 22:20 | #9

    John :

    Why don’t you just punch out the pogoplug logo and go through the front hole that is already there? (where the light shines through)

    Hi John, that’s a good idea. I didn’t think about it. Plus I wanted to keep the LED light cover because it looks good -:)

  10. EternJ
    October 11th, 2012 at 22:24 | #10

    Patrick :

    any word on the pogoplug classic?

    Hi Patrick, sorry for this late reply. I don’t have a Pogoplug Classic so I don’t really know. However, a quick google search found this: New Pogoplug Classic; POGO-P24. From the post it seems the Pogoplug Classic has an on-board SATA and you should be able to connect a SATA external hard drive to it.

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