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Belkin F5U239 SATAII ExpressCard - Retail
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- Connects a Serial ATA device to your notebook computer
- Installs easily into any 54mm ExpressCard bus* slot
- Future-proofs your notebook computer for tomorrow's bandwidth-intensive applications
- Note: Enclosed Card will not fit into a standard PCMCIA or CardBus slot
- The perfect solution for adding a Serial ATA II port to a notebook computer
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The Belkin SATA II ExpressCard offers the perfect solution for users who want to add a Serial ATA II port to their notebook computers. The Card is designed to take advantage of the additional bandwidth and features provided by the new ExpressCard I/O interconnection standard. Now you can download multiple large video files at the same time-without worrying that your computer will freeze, crash, or slow down to a trickle. The ExpressCard future-proofs your notebook computer with technology so advanced that it exceeds the processing-speed capability of many devices currently on the market. Installing the ExpressCard now will give you device-upgrade expansion room for many years to come.
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While this device does provide a huge improvement in bandwidth over USB, there is a problem with the design of the card.
When Windows 7 64-bit (I haven't tried it on other versions) mounts an eSata drive, the driver classifies this as a "hard disk drive", and not as a "removable disk drive." This misclassification causes NovaStor's NovaBack program to keep files open and makes the removal of the drive impossible without diddling within the Control Panel, Administration, Services, or doing a Shutdown and remove.
So far, no call back from either Belkin or Novastor as to how to fix the problem.
But I am able to transfer ~64 megabytes (not bits) per second from my laptop to the eSata drive, compared with just 19MB via USB.
However, with the recent release of 2.6.30, on Fedora 11 I have no problems now.
The only issue I have with the card is the fact that it is sorta easy for the external sata cables to become disconnected.
That is a problem if you disconnect a drive and it is not running a journaled file system, you could wipe it or suffer large amounts of data loss.