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StarTech ECESATA1 1 Port Slim ExpressCard 34mm eSATA II Controller Adapter Card

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  • 1 x eSATA
  • 3.0 Gbps

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1 Port Slim ExpressCard 34mm eSATA II Controller Adapter Card
Data Rates
3.0 Gbps
Other Ports
1 x eSATA
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, Linux
Mac OS X 10.4.9, 10.4.10 and 10.5.1


48 bits LBA can Break Capacity-Limit to Support HDD larger than 137GB
Compliant with ExpressCard Specification 1.0 and ExpressCard 34 Form Factor
Hot swap capabilities allows you to connect or disconnect devices without turning off your laptop
Independent Link, Transport, and data FIFO
Legacy Command Queuing (LCQ) and Native Command Queuing (NCQ)compliant
Port multiplier capability with command based switching
Supports 1-lane 2.5Gbps ExpressCard/34
Supports SATA II transfer rate of 3.0Gbps
Uses a native PCI Express single chipset, providing enhanced compatibility, reliability and performance for your external storage needs
Works with SATA I and SATA II devices with transfer speeds up to 3.0 Gbps
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day
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  • Bret D.
  • 2/8/2013 8:02:09 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: fit into my macbook pro flush.

Cons: never worked.... tried installing drivers with starTech liveperson a dozen or so times. He suggested I return it to Newegg. I went to return and it will cost me $10 bucks for shipping not worth it.

Other Thoughts: it would be nice if StarTech would take care of shipping to return defective products.

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  • Andrew Y.
  • 1/25/2013 5:29:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't work for me

Pros: Sits flush. Nice fitting card

Cons: Didn't work. Wouldn't read any devices. Using 2010 Macbook Pro 17" with mountain lion with updated drivers to no avail.

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  • Alex S.
  • 5/5/2012 10:58:05 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFlush eSATA...

Pros: Fits absolutely flush in my 2011 MBP 17", sticks out 0.7mm from my old C2D MBP 15". It cannot be accidentally popped out while holding the laptop, so you can stick it in and forget about it. The eSATA plug holds a cable relatively securely, although I prefer only to use it when the laptop is not going to be moved around.
Sequential data seems to max out eSATA specs—I've seen 240MBps sustained avg, which is probably representative of the hard drives' max performance. A huge folder of tiny files outperforms the drive on FW800 by a bit, but not a whole lot. This is not a task that Apple's HFS+ file system really impresses anyone with, and I don't have an NTFS tank to compare.
I assume it's a solid card, and it finally lets me use an external tank as a scratch disk. I'm happy

Cons: H@ly cow it gets red hot. It gets so hot it'll fire up the fans on the older 15" MBP without high CPU involvement.
Pulling the eSATA cable out carelessly with this in the old MBP risks pulling this whole card out. It may be loose from wear though.
In the 2011 17", the card seats very firmly and can't be just yanked out. It fits so flush that you can just barely push it in enough to pop the card out. Very nice. You can just leave it in as a fixture w/o a hassle.

Other Thoughts: Intermittently, after powering down the card and ejecting it, it will cause a complete hard freeze (you know, where the black panic dialog drains onto the screen to tell you how to reset in half a dozen languages).

I'm not sure what causes this yet, so it's not going on the Con side until I can confirm it's a flaw in the card itself.

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  • Jason Y.
  • 3/14/2012 1:45:38 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWon't work with with Windows 7 64

Pros: slim design but not flush to laptop

Cons: unable to update driver on windows 7 64

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  • Justin B.
  • 1/29/2011 7:30:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -Fits well in my Asus U20A. (not perfectly.)
-Works as advertised in both Windows 7 and Ubuntu without driver CD.
-Doesn't stick out nearly as much as most express card accessories do which is very nice.

Cons: -Sticks out about 1mm from the side of my Asus laptop.
-You need to connect the eSata cable BEFORE putting the card in my laptop, otherwise it just clicks and pops out with the pressure. (Perhaps my cable is just a little ill fitting?)
These two things are the reason for the lack of 5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: I would like to find an eSATA device that doesn't require a power cord or USB connection. I hate having multiple cables running just for an external hard drive enclosure!

This is a good upgrade for a laptop if you plan on using external hard drives and your computer doesn't have an eSATA port.

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  • Michael L.
  • 6/23/2010 9:20:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnreliable Writing to External Drive

Pros: Flush with the laptop when inserted.

Cons: Unreliable write speeds.
Loose in ExpressCard 54 slot.

Other Thoughts: I bought this ExpressCard eSATA adapter to interface with an Icy Dock MB662US External RAID enclosure. On my Dell Latitude D830 with Windows XP SP3, 'read' performance was fast, as expected. However, 'write' performance was slower than over USB2, with Windows recording multiple disk error events. Tried this card in a friends Latitude E6400 laptop running Windows 7, with identical results. Data transfer to the ICY Dock External RAID enclosure was perfect over the built-in eSATA port on the Latitude E6400, so I assumed the StarTech card was bad and RMA'd it. Unfortunately, the replacement card behaved identical. Probably a driver issue, but I can't figure it out, and it happens on both Windows XP and Windows 7. Back to using USB2 to interface with the Icy Dock. Very disappointing.

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  • Aaron R.
  • 6/1/2010 7:04:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: slim, port multiplier, flush mount

Cons: unit was DOA. Also, it does not stay in the expresscard port well, any movement will cause it to shift sideways in the port and come out. there is a little adapter available on the startech website for this problem which is like five bucks.

Other Thoughts: who knows, product was DOA, would have been nice if it worked at all. ended up returning it and ordering the two port startech card. that card is very firm in the slot.

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  • MATTY L.
  • 5/17/2010 2:18:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent eSATA II card for MacBook Pro

Pros: My setup is a 17" MacBook Pro (5,2) Core2Duo 3.06 GHz with a 128 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM.

In need of a bridge between my external eSATA/USB 2.0 drive (Cavalry 1 TB), this card fits perfectly inside the 34mm ExpressCard slot. Looks great with my black SPECK case also. That being said, this card paired with Snow Leopard (10.6) is a real gem. It is very plug-and-play (PnP) with the OS as on-the-fly insertion of the card automatically (in fact, instantly on my computer) adds an icon to the menu bar labeled "mass storage controller" and has an option to "Power off Card". Card facilitates "Time Machine" backups to the external which has HFS+, NTFS, and FAT32 partitions. File transfers are snappy and you can definitely tell the difference over FW 800/400 as well as USB 2.0.

Cons: None thus far.

Other Thoughts: Those looking to do on-the-fly video editing I would recommend linking to a RAID setup with CalDigit if you need above and beyond what a 7200 RPM drive can serve on its own.

IMHO StarTech needs to jump on the bandwagon with marketing as this device is marked for Windows XP, Vista and Linux and somewhat leaves out modern operating systems, however, with USB 3.0 on the horizon and eSATA being somewhat of a non-standard method I can somewhat bare with fact this device is marketed for only the people who know exactly what they need.

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  • George N.
  • 3/25/2010 9:11:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: Slim, fits flush with the edge of the notebook (2007 Macbook Pro) and doesn't have a large part sticking out like most other cards do. 120+ MB/s on my external WD VelociRaptor. I was using this same drive on the notebook's Firewire 800 interface previously, and it was maxing out the interface at 80 MB/s sustained for read and write. (USB is so slow I didn't bother testing the VelociRaptor on USB). If you have a fast external hard drive, this card will let you use its FULL potential on your notebook computer. It was plug-n-play easy on my Snow Leopard MBP.

Cons: None! Wish it had more metal (instead of plastic) in its construction. Also wish it wasn't made in China. But every other computer part these days is too... oh well.

Other Thoughts: The other reviewer listed as a "con" the fact that you must eject the card under Windows to change drives. This has nothing to do with this card. Every eSata card there is behaves like this under Windows. It's a "feature" of Microsoft Windows and has nothing to do with this specific product.

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  • Florence R.
  • 11/15/2009 8:30:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSeems slow?

Pros: Slim. Really fits into a notebook nicely (Lenovo X200T in my case).

Cons: 1) Seems slow? I bought it to get much faster transfers of large datasets to external drive. I have Lenovo X200T + Win Vista and HDTune reports about 40MB/s for WD Caviar Blue 2.5" 250GB external drive. Very similar WD Caviar Blue 2.5" 500GB internal shows 75-80MB/s (USB2.0 itself gives ~28MB/s). I tried two different external enclosures, no difference. Using a driver from Vista, haven't tried to enclosed CD yet.

2) Drive in Win Vista cannot be stopped/removed without removing the card itself. Device manager allows only to stop the whole interface, so changing drives requires physical re-insertion of the the card.

Other Thoughts: The card also looks fragile (all plastic). I don't expect it will last long under heavy use.

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