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Rosewill RC-201 PCI SATA Silicon Image, RAID 0/1, Normal and Low Profile Host Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1
  • 2 x SATA 150 Internal Connectors
  • Transfer Rate 1.5Gb/s
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Learn more about the Rosewill RC-201

Model

Brand
Rosewill
Model
RC-201
Form Factor
Low Profile

Specifications

Type
SATA
Internal Connectors
2 x SATA 150
Interface
PCI
Transfer Rate
Up to 1.5Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 98SE/ ME/ NT 4.0/2000/XP/Vista, Windows Server 2003, Server 2008 32 and 64bit

Features

Features
Compliant with PCI Specification, revision 2.2.

Integrated PCI DMA engines.

32 bit, 33/66MHz fully compliant PCI host interface.

Sufficient power current 1.5A5V and 2A12V to supply External Device.

Two special shielded and durable SATA1 connectors for plugging more than 1,000 times.

Supports Spread Spectrum in receiver.

Independent 256-byte FIFOs (32 bit * 64 deep) per Serial ATA channel for host reads and writes.

*Note: HDD Controllers are capable to support all HDD sizes, but different OS may limited the HDD sizes that can be supported. For example, XP 32-bit supports only up to 2TB.

Packaging

Package Contents
RC-201 SATA RAID 2 Port PCI Host Adapter x1
Users Manual x1
Driver CD x1
Low profile bracket x1

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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  • Scott S.
  • 9/17/2013 8:20:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInexpensive & Works As Expected

Pros: Used to add SATA drives to an old Dell GX260 tower system for NAS. Works as expected out of the box. Use the latest drivers from Rosewill's website and a driver floppy if you're going to boot a Microsoft Windows OS from the card. If doing a scratch installation, your CD-ROM/DVD must be BIOS bootable sans drivers so don't expect to boot from an optical drive thru this card.

Cons: Not really any. My configuration just worked for XP, Windows 7 and NAS4Free. As with any retrofit of this sort, sometimes, you may have a box that just won't work with this type of card, but you won't know until you try. A retrofit like this assumes you have a pretty good level of technical proficiency since you are likely rehabilitating a vegetable.

Other Thoughts: Definitely could use better documentation. The jumper setting enables the ROM option BIOS boot for setting up RAID (default setting) or disabling it (passthrough mode). Rosewill's tech support is nice and very helpful. Throughput is limited by the PCI bus (not the card) so don't expect miracles.

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  • Andrew J.
  • 8/31/2013 7:53:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as add-on SATA

Pros: It let me use my SATA DVD Burner

Cons: It slows down boot by a couple seconds

Other Thoughts: I bought this card to use in an HTPC I built using the XION XON-720P case. Unfortunately the PSU in the case blocked all but one of my SATA ports. I wanted to use a hard drive and a DVD Burner in it so I got this card. It works as expected with no configuration. It pops up a message after the BIOS screen that slows down my boot time by about 2 seconds. I have not bothered to go into its config screen to see if that can be disabled. It works for what I needed it for.

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  • Valentin A.
  • 7/17/2013 8:18:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggspretty good

Pros: Works very well. There are no problems and performance is good. Configuration does require some work in the case you want more than just adding some extra SATA HDD on your system. But this is pretty much expected for any RAID.

Cons: none yet

Other Thoughts: pretty bad they are out of stock now.

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  • Daniel L.
  • 6/20/2013 4:20:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat VALUE

Pros: A great way to add extra SATA ports on your PCI slots. Add hard drives, DVD & BD with enough EASE....

Cons: Installation is a bit tricky but you can figure it out.

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  • Sean C.
  • 5/20/2013 6:17:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Way To Add SATA To An Older Computer

Pros: PCI connection for older computers.
Cheap.
Works well.

Cons: Would be unusable if it needed to be half-height, which is a feature the product advertises.

Other Thoughts: The SATA connectors are on the top edge of the card, so if you try to use it as a half-height card, there would be little to no room for attaching the cables. I suppose if you have right-angle connectors, it'd work, but may be tight.

Installed and worked nicely on a Windows Home Server box of mine.

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  • A. O.
  • 4/10/2013 10:04:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: Been using in a server for over a year - no problems, haven't had to think about it since installing it.

Cons: My ancient motherboard won't let me boot from the drive connected to this, but i get to use a terabyte drive in a system i first built in 2003 or so. For less than twenty bucks. Worth it.

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  • Bruce C.
  • 1/28/2012 8:37:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great, no Flash upgrade needed if using 2 JBOD drives

Pros: I just got it and installed it, but was easy and cheap upgrade for an old computer i have running server.

Cons: Installation manual isn't updated for the Flash trick (although if you have 2 disk drives like i do, you don't need the trick).

I'm lowering a star due to no information on the website how to set it up using 1 disk or optical drive.

Other Thoughts: I was all ready to flash the card and do the little tricks. I had SATA onboard the motherboard but it's almost 10 years old and the sata doesn't seem to work well (copying alot of files seems to make the drive disappear).
Well i got this and plugged one of my disks in to see if it would work, but it didn't see it. I plugged in the other one getting ready to flash the card and after botting up Windows 2003 server, it saw both drives. No RAID setup, I already formatted them NTFS and the system saw it.

So if you only have 1 drive or optical drive you may need to flash it but if you have 2 drives of different sizes no need to flash it.

Although i would think they would add a FAQ or note on their website in how to setup this card.

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  • Aaron W.
  • 1/20/2012 7:34:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWork Great

Pros: Inexpensive
Easy install
Works great
Gives expected SATA-1 throughput
Comes with half-height bracket

Cons: Doesn't do the dishes

Other Thoughts: Installed these in a couple of old Dell GX260 systems which use half-height cases and have no SATA or PCI-E ports. Running XP Pro. I put some cheap 32GB SSD's into these systems and hooked them up with these cards and breathed new life into these old systems. Made a huge difference.

If you're going to boot through these cards as I do, you have kind of a chicken and egg problem on install. You need the driver installed before you can boot, but you have to boot to install the driver. The solution is to boot through a motherboard port first (with the card installed), install the driver, then move the drive over to this card (or clone to a drive connected to this card in my case).

There's no point paying for SATA-2 capability if you have no PCI-E. The max throughput for a standard 32-bit/33Mhz PCI bus as found on virtually all desktop PC's is only 133MB/S, which is about the same as a SATA-1 port after it's overhead. So the PCI bus will bottleneck you to SATA-1 throughput anyway.

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  • Rigo G.
  • 1/20/2012 2:36:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRC-201 on Win7 cloning with Acronis 11

Pros: Works but not as bootable primary controller right out of the box. All ok if you just want to have a raid0/1 with a couple drives.

Cons: If you want to boot from non-raid SATA you have to work to get there, thanks to The Merg and others for tips on getting this thing to work.

Other Thoughts: Tried the jumper thing and it did not help me much... so,
1.- Install the card and install the Silicon Graphics drivers, this gives you an option in the Device Manager properties FlashBIOS tab to also update bios.
2.- Install the bios from Silicon Graphics and the FlashBIOS tab will go away.
3.- Install the drivers from Rosewill, new drivers on their site (not sure why the Silicon Graphics drivers do not work after the bios upgrade, must be the non-raid thing) and now you are getting closer.
4.- Boot to Acronis CD and ghost the old ATA drive into your new SATA
Remove the data tape from the old SATA and in the system bios set the new drive as primary boot devise.

Crazy but it does work, cheap solution to add SATA to old computer. Next time will just pay more for a card with greater options build in right out of the box.

Total time wasted back and forth to get this thing running 3-4 hours!!

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  • Howard M.
  • 12/28/2011 7:05:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks with some effort...

Pros: Adds two SATA ports to a PC that needs more SATA ports. Inexpensive add-on card with the reliability I've come to expect from a Rosewill product.

Cons: The ports are SATA I (150 Mbps), but beggars can't be choosy. Using a non-RAID capacity was a little trying to set up. There are no instructions provided in order to get it set up that way.

Other Thoughts: While the device is advertised as being able to be used in a non-RAID capacity, it was quite difficult to get it set up that way. Here is some info on how to get it set up that way:

1. Install the driver that comes with the card (which will be the SATARAID driver).
2. You need to download the BASE BIOS from Silicon Image for the 3512 chipset.
2. Under Device Manager, select the device and go to properties.
3. There should be a FlashBIOS tab. On that tab, select the BIOS file that you downloaded and flash it.
4. Download the newest Base Driver from Silicon Image for the 3512 chipset.
5. Update the driver for the device. Select that you Have Disk and go to the directory where you downloaded the driver. Install the driver.
6. Reboot the PC.
7. You should now have an add-on card that will see devices, such as optical drives, in a non-RAID capacity.

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