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StarTech.com 2 Port PCI Express eSATA Controller Adapter Card

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  • 2 external eSATA ports
  • Support for FIS and Command-based Port Multiplier technology
  • Large capacity drive support with 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA)
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Technical Details
BrandStarTech
Item Weight159 g
Product Dimensions22 x 16 x 4.8 cm
Item model numberPEXESATA2
Series2 Port PCI Express eSATA Controller Adapter Card
Operating SystemWindows 2000/ XP(32/64bit)/ Server 2003(32/64bit)/ Vista(32/64bit)/ 7(32/64bit)/ Server 2008 R2, Linux, Mac OS 10.4.9, 10.4.10, 10.5.1.
Software IncludedWindows XP Professional x64
  
Additional Information
ASINB000ZLRGKQ
Best Sellers Rank 15,464 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight82 g
Date First Available30 April 2008
  
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Product Description

Product Description

This 2 Port PCI Express eSATA Controller Adapter Card offers simple connectivity between a host computer and eSATA devices. Providing two eSATA ports the adapter card offers a cost-effective solution for connecting hot-pluggable, high-speed storage, and in turn allows for easier data backups and archiving. With full support for SATA 300 (SATA II) hard drives and data transfer speeds of up to 3 Gbps, the adapter card features a native PCI Express single chipset that provides enhanced compatibility, reliability and performance for external SATA storage needs. The PCI Express eSATA controller card also features port multiplier capability with command-based switching for connecting multiple external hard drives to a host Windows system through a single external SATA connection. A dual profile solution, the eSATA controller card includes a low profile/half-height bracket for adapting to slimline or small form factor system applications.

Note: Please check your system compatibility and OS compatibility with this device.

Box Contains

eSATA PCI Express Card
Low Profile Bracket
Installation CD
Instruction Manual


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Wanted to attach an Icy Box ESATA cradle HDD dock to our Mac Pro (early 2009 model) so needed and ESATA PCIe card to give me the correct ports.

Do a lot of video editing and have decided to use bare HDD as 'tapes' to archive and transport video projects (Finalcut Pro X), in theory this will give the speed of a high spec internal hard drive with the portability of a much slower USB or Firewire external drive (without all the different power supplies).

However was worried that theis PCIe card would not work as Lion killed all the 'Silicon Image' based chipset ESATA card drivers (bit of googling revealed that the SONNET card uses the same (I thought) chipset and it was LIKELY that the startech card used the same common chipset, so in theory startech card with Sonnet drivers 'should' work.

Received the card today, had already downloaded and installed the Sonnet > Tempo_SATA_E1P_E2P_E342P_V1.2.6.pkg < driver which was updated in Dec 2011 so is pretty new.

Plugged card into a spare slot, plugged Icy box sata HDD cradle into card. Plugged 3.5inch HD into cradle.....

Mounted fine (after being asked to format with Disk Utility). The whole setup works perfectly! Very pleased.

Transfers are VERY quick and no glitches, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

System>
Mac Pro early 2009
Processor 2 x 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Memory 16 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB
Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 (11C74)

ICYBOX eSATA HDD Dock Cradle
Startech ESATA 2 Port PCI-E CARD
Sonnet Tempo SATA E2P (ver. 1.2.6)
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This is a nice, cheap way to add a couple of eSATA ports to a PC. It comes with a low profile bracket which can quickly be fitted in place of the regular one so it's good for PCs in compact cases. My PC recognised it as a 3 Gbit/s SATA II device and performance is correspondingly very good. You have to be a little wary of the way Startech and others describe some products: they say "eSATA-300" but this does not mean SATA III or SATA 3.0 which would offer 6 Gbit/s speed; it refers (colloquially and confusingly) to the theoretical 3.0 Gbits/s speed of SATA II. Don't you love devious marketing people? No, me neither. Anyway, as there don't seem to be any 6 Gb/s enclosures even available this probably won't affect many people.

The card comes with a driver disk and a simple manual. Physical installation is as simple as can be. I didn't use it in OS X or Windows so I can't comment on those drivers. The Linux kernel contains a driver for the controller (Silicon Image 3132) while port multiplier is enabled by default so it works automatically with any current or recent Linux based OS. The card works as a port multiplier so you can use it with enclosures which use a single eSATA cable to connect multiple disks to your PC. I'm finding this really useful as the single eSATA port built into my PC's board doesn't have this feature and until now I'd had to use USB 2.0 to connect an enclosure containing two 1TB disks and the slow speed was frustrating. Now I connect using eSATA and the transfer speeds have increased hugely.

This card is ideal unless you have an enclosure which supports the latest 6 Gbit/s SATA III (and as far as I can tell there aren't any).
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A while back I had an Acer Aspire EasyStore H340 Windows Home Server that was running out of space and also took a long time to backup using conventional USB 2.0 ports. Since that server has a built in eSata port on the back, I though... great lets buy a dual disk eSata enclosure and that will fix the problem! Right? Wrong!
The eSata port (controller) on the back of the server does not support port multiplier. The server would not see any disks even if they were configured internally in the enclosure as a big single RAID 0 virtual drive.
The solution was this card. It solved all problems and still gave me an extra port if I in the future want to add yet another enclosure to the server to increase the now 10TB of available store to possibly 14 TB. Just thinking now that the 1st hard disk I ever had, had a wooping 5 MB of storage...
I have now the 2 disk enclosure of which 1 is adding to the disk pool in the home server and the other is used for (very fast) backups (well much faster than USB 2.0 in any case).
Very happy with the card so far. If you find yourself in a similar situation you can't go wrong with this card.
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By D. Kechagias TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2016
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I got this since I saw people had luck using Sonnett drivers on up to OS X Mountain Lion and thought it should also work on my Mavericks (2010 Mac Pro). And indeed it does by installing the driver: "Tempo SATA E2P, Tempo SATA Edge ExpressCard/34 and Tempo SATA ExpressCard/34 Driver (OS X 10.5+) 1.2.6" found at [...]
It works, the price is low, what else can you ask for.
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Installation was, of course, simple. It comes with a drivers disk, although I downloaded the latest drivers direct from the manufacturer's website. Windows recognises the device, but doesn't install its own drivers (which I preferred). The installation of the drivers was easy, although do be advised: once the installation is complete, the software restarts Windows without prompting. I have installed this card in a Windows 2012 (64 bit) server. It works. I have 3x 3Tb SATA drives, in an enclosure. All drives were seen and work as I expected. I suspect it will work with 32 bit Windows, up to and including Windows 7 and 8.
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