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Pros: Worked fine while it worked
Cons: As with dozens of others reported recently, mine died after about 3.5 years (just past the warranty, of course). It tripped a breaker in my house, but no damage to the computer.
Other Thoughts: Seems like maybe these were all part of a bad batch? Or maybe just a bad design? Just wish it happened 6 months ago under the warranty...READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RC-217 SATA II 4 Port RAID 0/1/5/10 PCI RAID Card
Pros: Bootable, Hot-swappable, decent software management, seamless background rebuild.
Cons: RAID 5 is slow, but that is to be expected on a card like this. Only high end cards with hardware parity are any better. Rebuild times seem a little slow, but probably about par for this type of controller (about 16 hours for a 750GB mirror).
Other Thoughts: I have tried RAID 5 on various controllers, but decided it was too slow on any but the most expensive cards. This card was similarly slow, so I have given up on RAID 5 completely. I currently have 2 of these cards (and 1 RC-209-EX) in a Win2003 server system with 10 removable drive bays, running multiple RAID 1 mirrors. I periodically swap out 1 drive in the mirror for an external backup, and put the old backup drive back in and rebuild. I have been running this for 2 1/2 years with no issues. The software is easy to use and recognizes all 3 controllers in one place (all silicon image controllers) so it is easy to manage all of my arrays. Swapping drives and rebuilding is relatively easy, and can all be done without rebooting the system. Even rebooting or shutting down during a rebuild is fine, and it just resumes where it left off the next time it is booted. Overall I like this card, and the Silicon Image controllers and software in general.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: AFT XM-35U BLACK USB 2.0 3.5" Bay, CompactFlash/ SDHC/ SDXC/ microSD/ microSDXC/ miniSD/ miniSDHC/ MultiMediaCard/ Memory Stick/ xD-Picture Card. All-in-one Kiosk Card Reader and Writer
Pros: Easy to set up. No extra drivers required. Sturdy slots. Great guides on CF slot to ensure proper insertion. SDHC support. It even has dedicated slots for microSDHC and miniSDHC cards without the need for an adapter. Solid CompactFlash slot with guides.
Cons: A little more expensive than others, but well worth it now that I haven't had to replace my reader every other month. The blue light is a little bright in a dark room, but it matches my other case lights.
Other Thoughts: This is a professional quality reader. I have owned several other cheaper readers, and some have had problems recognizing cards on insertion, others had poor (or no) guides on the CF slot and weak connection pins causing them to go in crooked and bend the pins. This one has had none of those problems. This has been working flawlessly for over a year now. I will definitely by this reader or at least this brand again if I ever need another one (which is doubtful since it works so well).READ FULL REVIEW