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StarTech 2 Port PCI Express eSATA Controller Adapter Card Model PEXESATA2

  • PCI Express to SATA Card
  • 3.0 Gbps Data Transfer Rate

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  • newegg eSATA Ports The StarTech PEXESATA2 features two eSATA ports (Compliant with SATA II 3.0 Gb/s) to provide a cost-effective solution for connecting hot-pluggable, high-speed storage, and in turn allows for easier data backups and archiving.
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PCI Express to SATA Card
External Ports
Data Transfer Rate
3.0 Gbps
Operating Systems Supported
Windows NT4.0/2000/2003 Server/XP/Vista


Provides you with two external eSATA ports for connecting SATA / eSATA devices

Compliant with Serial ATA 1.0 specifications
Uses native PCI Express single chipset, providing enhanced compatibility, reliability and performance for your external storage needs
Compliant with PCI Express 1.1 and is compatible with a PCI Express 2.0 slot
Port Multiplier with command based switching capability
Faster transfer rates with two independent channels
Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Supports FIS based switching which allows you to use port multipliers (1 to 5 extra ports)
Supports SATA II transfer rates of up to 3.0 Gbps
48 bits LBA, supports HDD larger than 137GB

Dimensions & Weight

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Paul N.
  • 4/30/2014 2:17:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoes Not Work in Dell Inspiron Desktop

Pros: if it worked in my Dell computer then that fact would be listed here, but it doesn't. And NewEgg won't let me leave this field blank. so I have to say something here.

Cons: New Card (and old Card) does not work in Dell Inspiron Desktop. StarTech told me it should work in Dell Inspiron Desktop. when I put it into the computer the computer does not see the card. Dell Tech Support says that this StarTech card does not work in Dell Inspiron Desktops. StarTech says it should. But it doesn't work for me.

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  • Karl L.
  • 6/15/2013 11:19:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice card - good transfer rate!

Cons: Firmware update was required - relatively old firmware was shipped
Doesn't detect all drives on hot plug (see below!)

Other Thoughts: Bought this and a StarTech eSATA dock for my home rig. Installation and setup was easy, but I noticed the firmware was almost 6 months old. I downloaded new firmware from the web page, but it didn't seem to take. Turns out I had to update the Windows driver first, then update the card firmware after a mandatory reboot. No big deal, just an additional step. After those updates, my dock recognizes 3TB SATA drives with no issues.

The only issue I run into is the hot insertion of new disks. When I boot up with no drives in the dock, I cannot detect a hot-plugged drive. If I reboot with any drive in the dock, I can hot-swap all day and each drive is detected just fine. Seems like the card only hands over a device to the BIOS at boot only. No big deal - I just leave a disk in the dock all the time. HDDs spin down when not in use, so there's no power draw.

All-in-all, this was an excellent purchase!

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  • Sheri B.
  • 5/8/2013 10:10:23 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBrick

Pros: Small form factor.

Cons: Recognized by the computer on boot prior to the Raid POST... but.. brick.

Other Thoughts: I am just going to skip the eSata all together. This is my second eSata card and my third cable.

The next motherboard will either already have eSata on the back plate or not at all. I spent about 100 dollars in this experiment and frankly it is not worth warrantry, RMA or any of that.

I have been trying to use with a Vantex HD4R enclosure to a Z77 Mpower MSI motherboard. No success. The enclosure uses a USB 3.0 cable

I have already designed a replacement machine that eliminates the enclosure by having a LSI Raid Card for at least 8 drives, 10 SATA ports would be better. Moar please.

I have not been doing well with Newegg lately and will hang in there. I have been served by Newegg very well these last 15 years or so and I expect to continue to be a good customer despite a recent rash of expensive bad products...

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  • Howard M.
  • 4/4/2013 5:04:00 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as expected...

Pros: Port multiplier feature / Plug and play

Cons: None, so far...

Other Thoughts: I had purchased a Rosewill eSATA add-on card that stated it had port multiplier functionality for me to use with a dual external HDD dock. I could not get it to work. I then found this one and figured I'd give it a try. I plugged it in and booted up the Vista system that its in. Vista immediately found the card and downloaded the driver from Windows Update. Once it was ready, I plugged in two drives and turned the dock on. Vista immediately pulled up both drives. That's all I needed.

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  • Joshua C.
  • 12/30/2012 10:12:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAnother swing, another miss

Pros: None

Cons: Apparently you have to spend $350 to get an eSATA controller that actually does what it says it does on the @*#$ing box.

Other Thoughts: Not NewEgg's fault but I seriously developed tension headaches trying to get external drive setup working. Ended up getting so frustrated I just crammed two additional 3.5" drives into my tiny HTPC case. Silicon Image chips are unsupported trash.

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  • Keith H.
  • 10/15/2012 1:19:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMissing the one function I need.

Pros: Driver install was straightforward even without an installer. The card was quick and reliably worked with all the drives I put in the SATA dock it was attached to.

Cons: The drive cannot pass SMART information. That is the only function I reallyh needed and it did not have it. Any SATA card should be able to do this very simple task.

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2 out of 5 eggsNo PMP in Linux

Pros: It seems to work well in windows.

Cons: No PMP under linux.

Other Thoughts: I got this card expressly for its PMP support under Linux, and I can't get it working no matter what I do.

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  • Daniel H.
  • 11/6/2011 10:36:19 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsReliable

Pros: I have this in a heavily used HTPC with 7 drives and 14TB of data. Works as advertised. Zero issues in over a year. After a failed intel ICH10R raid fiasco I'm buying another and going to mirror all my drives in Windows 7.

Cons: None -

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  • Justin S.
  • 7/24/2011 7:51:34 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFor when you need extra eSATA ports

Pros: -Drivers get you up and running in no time
-Immediate 2 extra eSATA ports for external devices

Cons: -None

Other Thoughts: I have multiple hard drive docks, yet not enough eSATA ports. This fixed that for me and freed up plenty of USB ports.

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  • Jonathon W.
  • 6/12/2011 3:06:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks on 1 board, doesn't on another

Pros: Worked as advertised and provided the needed sata port-multiplier function needed for the dual slot Thermaltake BlacX Duet to function properly.

Cons: Haven't researched it yet, but it worked when installed in 1 IBM workstation's x16 slot but didn't in a different model, IBM workstation's x16 slot. Neither pc had but 1 x16 slot and a PCI slot because they are small desktop workstations, so I don't know if they have different version PCIe x16 slots or what? One recognized the card and the other didn't?

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