- USB 2.0
These are only Sata 1.5 not 3.0! 06/19/2012
This review is from: StarTech 2.5in SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure w/ 3.5/5.25 Front Drive Bay
Decent fit and finish. Cartridges are a little roughly finished/textured so you don't get a smooth insertion like we had with the discontinued EZ-Swap-EX. Works pretty well except for the major hiccup listed below in Cons (SATA1 not SATA2 as listed).
I was astounded to see a HD mounted on this unit shown in LSI storage manager as having a negotiated link speed of only 1.5 gb (sata1). This was when it was attached to a IBM M1015.
I drilled down a bit and verified the same 1.5 gb connection when the unit was attached to a motherboard with the Intel matrix r10 chip (via the rapid storage manager software). The board was examined and compared to one from an EZ-Swap-EX as it seemed identical. Unlike what the details page lists, the Startech units I received have a *** JMicron JM20316 *** instead of a JM20336. I then moved the HD from the Startech unit showing the 1.5 link to one of my EZ-Swap_EX units with a verified JM20336. It did then show a link speed of 3gb - I think it fairly conclusive the JM20316 chip installed on the Startech is the problem.
I can't find a listing for this chip and can only assume it is an old surplus SATA 1 chip.
I don't know if every unit shipped has this older SATA 1 chip. All the ones I received did. The details page clearly states "SATA 3" and "Uses JM20336" so there is a serious problem here that needs to be remedied by Newegg and Startech. The details page needs to be changed to reflect the true product being sold, or the product needs to be recalled and replaced with what customers were told they were buying.
I was very excited to see these as a replacement for the EZ-Swap-EX which is no longer available and planned to buy many of the Startech units. I used the EZ in most all of my machines and my client's servers as a rock solid, workable, affordable backup cartridge system. It was very disappointing to see them no longer available. This Startech unit would be the perfect replacement if reshipped with the JM20336. I would then recommend it highly as the other aspects of the product are good, and with a great price.
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