Well so far nothing is amiss
1. Esata works and HDD is detected via e-sata to PC
2. Clip on the e3 board seems just fine, it snapped in when installed and it doesn't seem to have budged. It's as in as it can get.
3. board cover is snug and all connections look flush
Is there a way to check the innermost connections without taking everything apart? is there any harm in making a dump to a card?