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- Plug and Play Installation for Windows 7, Vista and XP
- 4 external ports and 1 internal port PCI controller card based on VIA VT6212 chipset
- Connects up to 127 USB Devices Simultaneously
- Transfer Rate: Up to 480Mbps
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Painless installation, hardest part was I bought OEM drives and one was DOA.
Oh, many sites will warn you that syba makes fake raid cards but if you are looking for a quick way to upgrade an old computer for cheap, Syba is effective.
Some cards twice this amount (actually $50-60 range) will allow you to use a raid configuration but will not give your computer the ability to use SATA if it doesn't already have it.
Oh best part, the hard drives i bought didnt come with sata cables but the controller card came with 2 so i didnt have to pick any other cables up.
As far as hotswapping when using the eSATA dock, my method has been to do the actual drive insertions and removals with the dock port powered off. Since the Startech dock has physical power switches, I have not tempted fate by testing true hotswap with live ports. I also manually spin the drives down (i.e. 'sdparm -C stop /dev/whatever') before power off to avoid unnecessary emergency head retracts. In all cases the stock Lenny kernel has detected everything correctly and added and removed the device files exactly as expected on power-up and power-down.
These cards have performed flawlessly with both internal and external SATA connections.Read more ›
A few tips for anyone that buys this card, to help out...
1. the Silicon Image Windows Flash update program doesn't recognize the SiI3512 chip so you have to update the BIOS off a Floppy disk (boot to DOS and then run the DOS based flash updater). I contacted Silicon Image support but they were no help for this problem.
If you don't have a working floppy drive & diskette, you are out of luck to flash the card's BIOS. Unless you can think of another way, such as USB stick. Note: I had to use FreeDOS to make a bootable floppy.
2. their RAID BIOS (factory shipped) didn't allow my drive to boot into Windows. Gave a disk error. I flashed the latest non-RAID BIOS (from Silicon Image) and then it worked perfectly.
Overall this card was very low cost and works good, but gave me a few headaches to make it work.
Reading the manual is scary since it says the drivers only support Windows XP/NT, not mentioning Windows 7 at all.
However, exploring the Driver CD does reveal that Windows 7 driver is available and I am able to install it.
After plugin everything, I could not find the external SATA drive. I thought I got a lemon and wanted to return it.
But I somehow decided to see if it was the cable's problem. eSATA cable is notoriously stiff to me.
After careful examination, it turns out this card's single port is NOT positioned in the middle of the openning of the card. The port is biased to one side heavily. So my eSATA cable's male end cannot go all the way into the slot since it get stopped by my computer case's IO panel.
Having figuring out the cause, I unscrewed the screws and inserted some padding so the eSATA port now is positioned in the middle. With the Cable plugged all the way into the slot, it works fine.
To manufacturer: please make sure your port is positioned in the middle!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This item does not fit into any pci slot that I tried it on. Its plastic pci prong is too wide to fit into a pci slot so it's a $9 paperweight.Published 1 month ago by j
it works for my needs (added a single additional sata drive to a micro form factor computerPublished 1 month ago by JT Spencer
Works great! For people with AMD systems, VIA allows me to use my Madcatz Fighstick TE and TE-S (PS3) to talk properly with my computer in order to play Streetfighter 5!Published 1 month ago by Christopher Lovero
Title mentions SATA II, but it's really only SATA I. The only reason I purchased this was to upgrade an older PC to SATA II. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MeSoHungry469