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SANS DIGITAL HA-DAT-4ESPCIE PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x eSATA External Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s
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Add 4 eSATA ports to your existing PCI-E equipped Mac™/PC computer in order to easily connect to our eSATA products including: MS1UT, MS2UT, MS2T1, MS4T, MR5CT1. This revolutionary design use the latest Intel and Silicon Image 3124A chipset to provide PCI 8x interface to 4 eSATA connection. With Also support Port Multiplier, a single eSATA cable can connect up to 5 drives with Port Multiplier aware unit, such as TowerRAID port multiplier series or TowerRAID Plus series.


Learn more about the SANS DIGITAL HA-DAT-4ESPCIE

Model

Brand
SANS DIGITAL
Model
HA-DAT-4ESPCIE

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
External Connectors
4 x eSATA
Interface
PCI-Express x8
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Supports Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 2003 Server, MAC OS 10.4.x or later, and Linux. (Please note that the host adapter card is based on Silicon Image chipset, which currently only support up to MAC OS 10.5.1 by Silicon Image.)

Features

Features
Fully compliant with SATA I and SATA II.

Supports Serial ATA Generation 2 transfer rate of 3.0 Gbps.

Supports Serial ATA II Port Multiplier.

Supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 for Windows.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Craig S.
  • 6/3/2014 5:36:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSavior

Pros: - Can't tell you how much I love this card.
- 4 ports that can port multiply into a total of 20 drives!
- Very decent throughput, around 120 MBps per port, probably limited by my drives
- Has a fan, the blades look very dinky so not sure how much it can possibly do ti cool it, but anything that has a fan must be more powerful, right? ...Right?
- Picked up the JBOD disks from my RocketRaid 622 card with Gentoo, it took a couple reboots but after I entered the BIOS of the card, exited, then rebooted it found them and my system immediately mounted them after booted
- PCIE x8, so it can handle full throughput on each of its ports

Cons: Found none!

Other Thoughts: I got a 8-bay Sans Digital eSATA enclosure, it came with a rocket raid 622 which had terrible reviews, so I bought a SiL 3132 card, but it apparently wasn't compatible with my PCIe 2.0 slot and I wasn't aware of it at the time. I thought I had a faulty card, so I bought a second one from a different manufacturer, same thing. Just wouldn't show up in my lspci -k.

Unfortunately, my enclosure has 2 eSATA slots that are port multiplied into 4 drives each, so this greatly limited my selection in cards I could use with it, and I never found any that could do exactly two port multiplied eSATA ports at the same time for a reasonable price, I knew there was cards that can do more ports (like this one) but they're more expensive and I thought I'd take my chances.

I put up with the terrible rr622 card for a while, but it kept dropping my drives and failing to write data for any extended period of time (I.e. more than 5 seconds). I eventually decided to just go with this card, and it is such a relief to have a working eSATA port multiplier card.

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  • Stephen P.
  • 4/21/2014 9:37:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid card

Pros: Works well under Linux (Ubuntu and Debian flavours).
Responsive tech support (getting docs to help me reset the jumper I knocked off).
Been rock solid for 3 years now.
Better experience than with other cards I've tried (plenty).

Cons: Mildly expensive.
No online documentation.

Other Thoughts: You see a mysterious "E E E E" at boot-time if the jumper isn't connected but the card still works fine (in non-RAID mode). Just handy to know...

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  • Kristopher G.
  • 6/30/2012 10:55:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThe driver for device \Device\Scsi\SI31241 detected a port timeout

Pros: 4 ports... I guess?

Cons: "The driver for device \Device\Scsi\SI31241 detected a port timeout due to prolonged inactivity. All associated busses were reset in an effort to clear the condition."

http://www.sansdigital.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&Itemid=190&func=view&catid=10&id=4735#4735

Other Thoughts: Will update Eggs if I can get the BIOS flashed AND it solves the issue.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for purchasing Sans Digital products.

We are reviewing the case and ask more information over the forum to further support you. So far, our testing does not show such issues and we will continues to test and work with you.

Please contact our technical support at tech@sansdigital.com or 1-800-980-1988 for immediate support.

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  • Michael S.
  • 2/28/2012 4:57:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible Card

Pros: It works if you are looking for RAID 0 or 1.

Cons: Card requires a bios update to support RAID5. The update comes on a CD with the card however even installing Windows XP (like the documentation shows) I was unable to flash the bios. There is utility SiFlashtool.zip that can be downloaded but was unable to flash the bios of this card.

Other Thoughts: The drivers on the web page and on the CD are from 2006. The chipset for the documentation clearly state that it does not support after Windows NT.. Very disappointed. Multiple emails with Sans Digital. Will not buy Sans Digital again.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for purchasing our product.

The controller card have a BIOS switch that can enable to change from JBOD to RAID and it will support RAID 5 natively, without any BIOS update.

The chipset is based on 3124 and supported up to Windows 7, as well as Linux and Mac. Please download the latest driver at the below link.

Please contact our technical support at tech@sansdigital.com or 1-800-980-1988 for further issues. We will be able to help you walk via the setup.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/5/2010 1:55:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDefinitely worth every penny

Pros: I have two SANS Digital JBODs (8 drive and 5 drive respectively), each originally on their standard PCI x1 2-port controllers, that comes with the JBODs. All drives are under heavy, constant database stress. Tossed both of the two old controllers and replaced them with this PCI x8 4 port controller. The average total throughput across all drives attached to this particular controller immediately doubled!! Thank, you! These queries needed that extra boost.. :-)

Cons: So far, No Cons.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/26/2010 5:52:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFast controler for multi drive boxes

Pros: Much faster than the smaller 2 port/1xPCIe card that comes with the TR4M-B. Has a jumper to disable the bios. Works fine with Linux.

Cons: I wish the RAID bios on the thing supported port multipliers. It might just be an old bios. It also would be nice to have an option to pre-spin up the drives in the enclosures and report any SMART failures.

Other Thoughts: Bought two TR4M-B when they were on sale last month and was woefully disappointed with the sata card that was sent with it. Thought I try this card out and loving it. Pushing way more than 350 megs a second with all 8 drives in raid 0.

Only problem I have is that on a cold start-up, linux kernel panics on boot and drops to intrib when the drives don't spin up in time. I changed the rootdelay to a minute and it fixed the issue, but other than that it works wonderfully.

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