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Pros: I have nothing positive to say about this product for the face that since I had it it has yet to work properly or at all.
Cons: It does not pick up with almost any of my external usb cases or connections regardless if its a 2.0 usb or 3.0 usb connector or internally in my mac or pc via data connection. When it does pick up under disk utility I can see that it has a RAID set but when I attempt to Initialize the disk it always fail on my mac and the same goes for my PC.
Other Thoughts: Do not waste your hard earned money because chances are it will not work. Many reviewer show that they are also having the same difficulties with this product that I have and so will you. I know it may be very tempting to take the chance because in theory it would be an awesome device if it actually worked.
Reviewed By:N/A,10/8/2015 1:04:25 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: - Adapter works to convert slimline SATA ODD connections - to - SATA + SP4 power (a great use for that old floppy power conn or are short on SATA power).
-PCB mounts to end of ODD with 2 provided screws for a solid mount into existing screw holes.
- High quality assembly that is easy to add.
Cons: - Expensive.. You can get 2 of "with power" at the cost of this part.
- If you don't have the floppy power connection, you cannot use this adapter. Find a SATA adapter with power instead.
Other Thoughts: I'm using this in an ITX portable. Space is limited on these builds. My case has a single 5 inch bay for an optical drive. A slimline slot load Blu-ray writer with this adapter to connect the data and floppy power.
Reviewed By:N/A,9/27/2015 3:47:19 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: Inexpensive way to use one, two or four micro SD cards as if they were a SSD. Readily fits standard 2.5" bays and enclosures. Well positioned mounting screw holes.
If you already have a number of equally sized microSD cards, then this adapter would be a great way to put them to good use instead of just sitting in a drawer somewhere.
Cons: It doesn't actually work. I tried installing it on two machines: Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H, Intel i7-4770K, 16 GB Ram, Windows 10 Enterprise. XFX nForce 780i SLI, Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, 8 GB Ram. No OS. Tried installing Windows 7 Professional and also Ubuntu 14.04.1 Server.
On both machines, the BIOS would correctly identify the adapter and the amount of memory in it. But, under Windows, the OS would simply fail to partition the drive. When it appeared to succeed, it would fail to format.
Ubuntu installer seemed to have better luck. It would complete the OS installation, but the machine was unable to boot.
I tried with just one card (in the J1 slot), two cards (J1+J2) and all four cards. The results were always the same.
I did discover something interesting. Even though the manufacturer claims that the adapter has integrated RAID 0 function, it appears this is not accurate. I may actually implement JBOD instead. The reason is that, when I moved from one 8GB card (in J1) to four cards under Ubuntu, the partition step of the installation reported that there was already a 7GB partition and a 1 GB partition, plus an additional 20 GB of free space. I had indeed setup these partitions when using just one card, but if the controller implements RAID 0 automatically, the installer should not have detected the prior installation partitions.
I've reached out to Syba tech support but thus far no response. Although I'm not sure what they would recommend I do that I haven't already tried.
Other Thoughts: This product is NOT a replacement for an SSD. It is not a replacement for a modern mechanical hard drive either.
If the claimed integrated RAID 0 function worked, you would get up to four times the speed rating of the cards you add to the adapter. However, because the interface is SATA I, it tops out at a maximum of 150 MB/s. Modern mechanical drives easily reach and, in some instances, surpass 150 MB/s. Not to mention SSD which are faster than 250 MB/s.
You should look at this product as a way to put unused microSD cards to work. It may also be a good fit for routers and other machines which don't see much I/O and don't require much space.
I wish this product had worked, I've got a few identical microSD and SD cards just sitting. I own other Syba products and have not had problems before.
We apologize for the issues you have experienced with this adapter.
This is behavior we haven't experienced with this device before and could be pointing to a incompatibility between hardware/software. We are taking into account the observations made in this review and what we've gathered from our recent email conversation and will be contacting our manufacturer for a possible resolution. We appreciate your patience as we work to solve this issue.
Thank you for purchasing one of our products, and for leaving us your valuable feedback.
- Regards SYBA CST 09152015
Reviewed By:N/A,9/13/2015 7:07:24 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
Pros: They may have changed their BOM on this item, as I found the adapter to be very securely attached to the mounting plate. I'm using this for the somewhat unusual purpose of connecting an internal drive to the external eSATA port, for which it is perfect.
Cons: It's possible that it will not work with SATA plugs that have clips, but I avoid using the clips because they can more easily damage some of the pathetically fragile SATA ports that I occasionally run into on boards and drives, so I didn't test for that.
Reviewed By:N/A,9/7/2015 1:35:43 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.