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StarTech.com 2 Port PCI Express eSATA Controller Adapter Card
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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.
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eSATA PCI Express Card
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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!
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)
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).
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.
It works, the price is low, what else can you ask for.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a very competent IT person but unfortunately I couldn't get this card to work. I even requested a replacement to no avail- it just wouldn't show in device manager at all. Read morePublished 13 months ago by JC
This is the second one I bought so I now have 2 in my computer and both work very well, (with 4x4 bay Icy box units)Published 22 months ago by jacom
Great order and delivery and will use the suppler again for my next order Thanks and have a great day.Published 24 months ago by Michael dooley
Bought this to use with an Icy Box JBOD system. A word to the wise, in order to use it you must enable AHCI. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2014 by BluePie
Got this to add a box of external discs to my pc so needed a card with port multiplier facilities. This does the business.Published on 12 Oct. 2013 by Chalky Dust