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Item#: N82E16817348023

OKGEAR OK2168 Aluminum 2.5" eSATA dual eSATA ports PCMCIA CARD W/ external enclosure

  • 2.5"
  • eSATA
  • Up to 500GB
  • Aluminum
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Learn more about the OKGEAR OK2168

Model

Brand
OKGEAR
Model
OK2168

Spec

Size
2.5"
AC Adapter
No
Material
Aluminum
Internal Interface
SATA
External Interface
eSATA
Maximum Capacity (per Bay)
Up to 500GB
Features
Provides two eSATA ports for multiple serial ATA device connections.
Support high speed transfer rate 1500 Mbps in each port.
Aluminum housing for optimal heating dissipation.
Supports hard disk drive larger than 500GB.
Use high-speed, large capacity external serial ATA hard drives with your laptop.
Special enhanced external SATA shell connectors for Mobile HDD, Mobile CD-ROM, Mobile DVD, Mobile CD-RW.
PC CARD 32bit cardbus fully compliant.
Lightweight and pock-size design
SATA hot plug/unplug hardware support
Supports plug and play.
Power LED indicate
Important tech. information: some of 5400 and 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA hard drive, the current consume up to 1Amp.and the external AC adapter( optional)may be needed. due to some of notebook for power saving reason, not all of the USB port can driven 500mA current,all hard drive has a power rating printed right on the sticker, if you see a power rating greater than 500mA or 0.5A than most likely you will need an external AC power adapter ( DC 5V/2A,3mm DC plug)

System requirements:
Pentium or equivalent notebook or Tablet PC with one 32 bit PCMCIA Cardbus slot.
Window NT 4.0 / 98 / 98SE / ME / 2000 / XP / VISTA

Packaging

Package Contents
2.5" SATA HDD Enclosure
Dual eSATA port PCMCIA Card
USB Cable
eSATA cable
Driver Disk
Carry bag

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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  • Zvi G.
  • 10/7/2012 8:16:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsfaulty PCMCIA card, good enclosure

Pros: The eStata enclosure works well, supports 3.0 Gbps hard drives, and would connect to a PC computer in 3.0 Gbps speed as long as the latter is supported by the PC's controller.

Cons: The card is faulty in a "dangerous" way, that is, by being seemingly functional, yet producing random read/write errors. It is hence unreliable, and should not be used in a setting where data integrity matters. See "other thoughts" for details on how the problem has been determined.

Other Thoughts: * using some other PCMCIA card, verify the functionality of the laptop's PCMCIA socket

1. connect the enclosure to the desktop PC's esata connector.
2. calculate MD5 of a huge folder with 10k+ files.
3. verify the MD5 signatures on the PC --> everything is OK
4. connect the enclosure to the PCMCIA card
5. verify the MD5 signatures --> FAULTY
6. detach from PCMCIA, reconnect to PC
7. verify the MD5 signatures on the PC --> once again, everything OK
8. to be on top of things, connect the enclosure to a third PC
9. verify the MD5 signatures on that third PC --> once again, everything is OK
10. ULTIMATE CONCLUSION: the PCMCIA card is FAULTY

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  • Anthony B.
  • 1/20/2010 12:29:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot for x64 users

Pros: 2 sata ports, bright blue lights, case, etc

Cons: Drivers provided are only for winXP. Vista x32 may work, as described, but win7 x64 doesn't.

Other Thoughts: case is slightly heavier than the usual cheapie stuff.

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  • Claude R.
  • 7/27/2009 1:39:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSeems to be ok, but...

Pros: Seems to be ok, nice technical service

Cons: Gives a 6 or 7MB/Sec tranfer rate, whih is half of the USB 2.0 speed. It seems to pertaint to the Compaq Architecture (Tried it on NC800, Nx9440 and 8710p)

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  • steven s.
  • 1/13/2009 2:46:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSave your money or know what your doing first

Pros: Works.

Cons: No better than USB 2.0. Connection cables unreliable just by design. It is more or less hanging off the side of your laptop, so don't chance moving ANYTHING if your transferring files, like I did!

Other Thoughts: I took a chance on it with my Dell D830/Vista Business. Could be me, but I couldn't get any faster speed and even with an upgraded cord(another $6 spent) top speed was same as USB.

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  • Harron A.
  • 11/14/2008 12:18:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAcceptable

Pros: Previous review updated to reflect improved performance after BIOS update on laptop.

Cons: Still not the speed I was hoping for.

Other Thoughts: This customer feedback feature seemingly does not permit any modification of the original review, so I have no choice but to file a second review. It seems Lenovo X61 and T61 laptops (and possibly other models) must have the latest BIOS updates for proper PC Card slot (cardbus) performance. Here are the Sandra benchmarks for eSATA interface after the BIOS update: Throughput when tested as physical disk improved dramatically to 47.08 MB/s; tested as an external drive, Sandra reported 22,630 ops/min. The latter figure, in particular, is an impressive improvement (about 2x) over USB2 with the same drive.

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  • Harron A.
  • 11/14/2008 9:49:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing

Pros: Almostr inexpensive enough to be a throwaway.

Cons: Ridiculously poor eSATA transfer performance.

Other Thoughts: Performance may vary with system, but if you have an IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad X61, do NOT buy this combo. With a Seagate 160GB 7200RPM SATA drive installed in the external box, benchmarks were disappointing to say the least. SiSoft Sandra Pro 2009 reports performance via eSATA interface as 4,738 ops/min. when tested as an external drive; 11.18 MB/s when tested as a physical disk. In a USB2 enclosure, the same drive clocked 14,288 ops/min. and 31.76 MB/s on the same tests. I tried a couple of other eSATA/USB enclosures just to make sure. The problem is not the enclosure.

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  • Mon L.
  • 8/8/2008 8:55:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDrivers in box does not work

Pros: Affordable all in one solution.

Cons: The drivers that come with the PCMCIA card doesn't work. The new drivers are 1.6 years old. I don't understand why they could have gotten it into the box in that much time. The driver links on the website are all broken. The enclosure is only eSATA. Much better if it is also USB 2. Seems slow but haven't bench mark it yet.

Other Thoughts: If the driver links on the web site have not been fix, give them a call and ask for the latest drivers. I have the one dated April 2007. This should fix the problem that some of you are having.

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  • Michael P.
  • 7/10/2008 6:51:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUPDATE to "Enclosure Good, PC Card Bad"

Pros: N/A - update to previous review. Actually, the card in this kit failed to work, so there were no "Pros".

Cons: PC Card failed to work. See previous review.

Other Thoughts: Negate my comments about the USB stuff; I was confusing myself with the other component - that I bought specifically to go along with this kit. I also bought the "Item#:N82E16817348021, OKGEAR OK250AU2S" a combo USB/eSata enclosure. I was going to use it to replace the enclosure in this kit, which only had an eSATA port. I thought it was a good plan since the PC CARD and the enclosure would still be a "match" and that would increase my chances of sucess. Guess I was wrong - as the PC card didn't work.

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  • Michael P.
  • 7/9/2008 7:06:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsEnclosure Good, PC Card Bad.

Pros: The external enclosure worked great in USB mode, No problems. Kit included lots of cables, for any use that you would want. Included a nice carry-case. Thus, I was really excited by this product, until...

Cons: (1) I found out that the eSATA PC card does not work - at all. Which defeats purpose of the whole kit, since you can get USB enclosures anywhere. The eSATA PC Card would light up, then just locks up Windows XP, under all conditions - during boot up, insertion, etc. I tried pretty much every combination, fix, trick, etc. I was able to load drivers, but that didn't help anything. Nothing could make this PC card work. (2) Terrible manual, very thin, bad english.

Other Thoughts: Note: I have a Dell D620 laptop and this is all I could test with.
I may end up buying someone else's eSATA PC card and maybe it will work with the enclosure.

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  • Timothy H.
  • 1/17/2008 6:13:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheep, PCMCIA card works as expected.

Cons: The power connection on the external was offset so that the power could not even be plugged in.

Other Thoughts: These products seem to work as expected, except the cables from the same company don't work with these or any other products ive tested with them.

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