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Item#: N82E16816132018

Rosewill RC-218 PCI Express SATA II Controller Card w/ 4 internal SATA with 2 external eSATA Design

  • 4 x SATA II Internal Connectors
  • 2 x eSATA External Ports
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Model

Brand
Rosewill
Model
RC-218

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
External Connectors
2 x eSATA
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA II
Interface
PCI Express
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000, Windows XP/2003/Vista 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit (supported via Vista Drivers)/Vista 32 bit.

Features

Features
Marvell 88SX7042 chipset.

Compliant with PCI Express Base Specification 1.0a.

Compliant with Serial ATA 1.0 specification with support for full complement of SATA II.

*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-218
Driver disk
User manual
Floppy disk for system fresh installation
Low profile bracket for Low profile system
Two SATA cable

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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  • ryan s.
  • 8/29/2013 7:45:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWindows Drivers are Not Great

Pros: - works as advertised (on linux)
- compatible with large (2TB+) drives (with twiddling)
- PCI-e x4, so bandwidth will not be an issue for HDDs (YMMV with fast SSDs)
- external ports are independently controlled
- card is tiny, will fit practically anywhere, comes with small form factor external metal bracket thingy

Cons: - Drivers are wonky on windows. (also unsigned, but who really cares though) see other thoughts
- Issues with setup of 4TB drives
- CD has drivers and manuals for like 40 other models. Kind of tacky
- Autorun config on CD is broken, may derp if you try to use it
- No built in RAID, despite having "RAID" in the manual

Other Thoughts: I ran tests on both Windows 7 Professional x64 and Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS, using a series of Seagate 4TB NAS drives that shipped as part of the same order.

The drivers on windows seem to be the root of the problems that many others address in their reviews. Several of the issues presented therein are windows specific.

The driver installation process for Win7 is basically the same as for Windows Vista (just follow the Vista instructions in the manual). Find the "unknown device" in the device manager after installing, search for the location to install the drivers from, pick CD drive, you know the drill.

Once the drivers were installed, the volume manager (diskmgmt.msc) did not see the drives as being 4TB, only showing 2048GB. This was before applying a partition table to any of the drives, so it's not something "use GPT" is a magic bullet for. As others have noted, optical drives will not function if attached to this card on windows. I did not have issues booting, and the hardware buttons on the drive all worked, but the drive label was not showing in the list of drives, and I could find no entry for it in the device manager.

I rebooted into Ubuntu, which automagically recognized the device without any driver fiddling on my part. Ubuntu was not only able to see and format the full capacity of the 4TB drives I was using, but also able to access the optical drive when plugged into this card. Furthermore, after formatting a drive in Ubuntu, Windows was able to see the entire volume 4TB volume. Not sure if that issue was caused by the card or its drivers, or just windows' volume manager being weird.

Since it's a PCI-e x4 card and not a x1 like most of the other cheap offerings in this category, you should be able to saturate 4 fast hard disks at once, so it might be viable for reasonable performance software RAID if you're willing to sacrifice platform independence. If you're going to be raiding 4+ SSDs, you should probably buy something with dedicated RAID capabilities and a faster interface.

I bought it for RAID because it was 3AM and I should pay more attention. This is a CONTROLLER card, not RAID card. As such, I ended up sending it back. My bad. I suspect other cards by this manufacturer may also have quirks similar to those of this card, so if you see this after buying a different card by this mfr, tentatively consider some of the solutions posted here.

TL;DR Your mileage may vary, but it will be better on Linux. Optical drives are usable on linux (bot not on windows) through this card. If you're having issues seeing all of 2TB+ drives on windows, boot ubuntu and format it there and you should be fine. Don't buy it for RAID.

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  • Richard J.
  • 7/23/2013 5:14:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSATAsfied

Pros: added it to the motherboard, ran the driver disk, plugged stuff in, all working as it should.

Cons: most of my SATA cables have a right-angle connector on one end. not enough room to connect all 4 ports with right-angle connectors.

Other Thoughts: the case i have had more room than my motherboard could accomodate, so i needed this addition. this filled my needs admirably.

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  • Bryan C.
  • 7/14/2013 11:35:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorking great with Ubuntu

Pros: I have three of these cards in my home server running Ubuntu 12.04, and they work great! I have several RAID-5 arrays used by these (an array using 2 TB drives, one with 3 TB drives, and one with 4 TB drives), and I have not had any issues at all

Cons: None really. I suppose I wish these were 6G.

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  • James C.
  • 6/26/2013 8:12:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDoesn't support 3TB drives on Windows 8 x64

Pros: It gives me the ability to add 4 internal SATA hard drives to my 4 port Gigabyte mobo.

Cons: Does not work with 3TB drives on an operating system that supports it, Windows 8 x64.

This board will not see 3TB drives as 3TB drives, it reports them as 2.2TB.

I used a workaround to get it to work by first plugging in the 3TB drive directly to my Gigabyte mobo which saw it as 3TB, initialized it as GUID and formatted it. Plugged it back into the Rosewill RC-218 and it saw it as 3TB. I thought all was well until I just last week hit the 2.2TB limit on this card. I believe when I hit this limit it corrupted all the data on this hard drive. I lost everything on it.

Lesson learned - DO NOT USE THIS CARD ON ANY HARD DRIVES LARGER THAN 2TB!

It would be nice if Rosewill would supply some updated drivers that allow this card to support 3TB.

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  • Sean M.
  • 5/28/2013 8:32:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSees only 1 Drive

Pros: No pros

Cons: The card will only see one drive internally regardless of jumper configuration or port plugged in to. It refuses to see an optical drive and other hard drive. This is unacceptable.

I've tried all drivers downloaded from the various sources, i.e. Sonnet and Rosewill themselves.

Very disappointing, will likely return the product in the next day or two.

Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for I guess, though I've had success with other Rosewill products.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

Please kindly contact the Rosewill support team
Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com

So we may assist you with (in-warranty) replacement.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Richard R.
  • 4/14/2013 11:47:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOver a year of decent performance

Pros: I've been using this on a Win7-64 workstation with all four internal ports used for over a year now with very few issues.

Cons: Occasionally fails to recognize a drive and needs to re-seated to clear the problem.

When installing two new Seagate STDB3000100 drives, was unable to see all 3TB so had to initialize the drives using the on-board controller. Once initialized and properly formatted with a different controller, this card had no problem using all 3TB.

Since I never had this issue with the 3TB WD drives previously installed, I can't be sure if it's a controller card issue or a hard-drive issue but I wasted 4 hours trying to figure it out.

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  • Joel K.
  • 1/27/2013 6:31:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid - but not perfect

Pros: Works solidly in Linux (3.2.x), performs well without any flashing firmware or other inconveniences.

Cons: Default jumper settings as stated in manual were actually set backwards to prefer the external connectors. PCI card didn't fit in slot without a good bit of bending of the metal to fit in my Supermicro server(the other cards are fine - so its not the case itself!). Always kinda cheap when you have to do that - but the card itself looks well made.

Like others noted, only the first 2 drives will show up in the BIOS POST screen - disconcerting until you realize they work just fine. Cannot boot off the "last" 2 drives either because of this.

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  • Ann J.
  • 12/6/2012 10:07:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsincompatible with Acronis

Pros: easy, quick, reliable, fast

Cons: my system won't boot from Acronis TrueImage 2009 or Disk Director 2010 with this installed; that's at least two eggs off right there, first because it is unnecessary (the system boots from equivalent free utilities just fine), and second because the issue obviates my system build back-ups

Other Thoughts: I now use the DriveImage utility on Hiren's Boot CD v.11.1; so much for Acronis for-profit software

* 2 x AMD Opteron 4284 Valencia 3.0GHz Socket
C32 95W 8-Core Server Processor OS4284WLU8KGUWOF
* SUPERMICRO MBD-H8DCL-6F-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual Socket C32 AMD SR5690 DDR3 1600
* 4 x Kingston 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ECC Registered Server Memory DR x4 Hynix C Model KVR16R11D4/8HC
* 2 x Noctua NH-U12DO A3 for AMD Opteron CPU Cooler
* SUPERMICRO CSE-733TQ-665B Black Pedestal Server Case
(modified slightly and PSU replaced with the following)
* SuperMicro PWS-865-PQ 865W Single Server Power Supply
* 4 x Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
* Rosewill RC-218 PCI Express SATA II Controller Card
* 4 x Hitachi HDS722525VLSA80 Deskstar 7K250 250GB 3.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive

All bought from Newegg!!!!

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  • James C.
  • 8/18/2012 4:47:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDoesn't support over 2TB on Windows 7 x64

Pros: It's worked great up until I tried to use it with a 3TB drive. Now that I put a 3TB drive on it, the system only recognizes it as a 2TB drive. Not good at all.

This is on a Windows 7 Pro x64 system with a 1 year old Gigabyte mobo.

Cons: Doesn't recognize 3TB drives on Windows 7 Pro x64.

Are there any drivers out there? Hello??

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  • Nicholas O.
  • 7/21/2012 11:53:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStill working

Pros: Seems a little expensive, but I guess that's the price for these things had it a while now with no issues. So that's a good thing.

Cons: price

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