In general, I think eSATA is a good idea. I even think it is funny because it reminds me of the old days when workstations and Macs were expanded with external devices like removable HDDs, CD drives, FDD units, etc.
However, there are three key issues I have with eSATA
- fat, inflexible cables make cable management — and the following issue — a substantial challenge
- weak connectors with no kind of meaningful retention clips — USB grips more firmly than eSATA does
- poor hot-mount support under Linux — it works nicely under MSFT Windows, but so poorly under Linux
I’d love to find a resolution to all three of those issues.