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SYBA SY-PEX40039 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Little SATA Controller card 04/10/2014

This review is from: SYBA SY-PEX40039 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Low cost, simply works, revives older hardware

Cons: Only PCI-e, only two SATA ports

Other Thoughts: This is a follow up to an earlier review. If you use Disk Imaging Software (i.e. Acronis, Ghost, EaseUS Todo, etc) you need to know that if you need to do a restore, your Imaging software may not be able to recognize you Boot Drive (normally C-Drive) with your drive connected to this controller.

The "trick" to making it work, is to first have created a Boot Media/Win PE boot disk. Then shut your computer down and connect your boot drive to the one of the motherboard SATA Connectors (Probably SATA 0 or SATA 1 depending on how they are numbered).

Now boot up and go into BIOS and make sure your boot drive is set to IDE/Compatibility mode (instead of AHCI or RAID) if it isn't already that way to begin with (mine was) and put in your Boot Media Disk.

Now boot into your boot media disk. You'll find your Imaging software now recognizes the boot drive and you will now be able to perform your restore successfully.

Note: Depending on your Disk imaging software, you software might actually "see" the boot drive, but when you go to actually do the restore, it tells you it now can't see the boot drive or can't restore to it. If your Imaging software offers the option of shutting down the computer after the restore is complete, choose that option as you will need to move your SATA cable from the motherboard back on to the PEX-40039 controller card. Assuming the restore was successful, your computer will boot up perfectly.

As you can probably guess, I have run across this problem and have now figure out the work around and wanted to share it with you to make sure you don't blame the PEX-40039 for the problem, since the problem lies with the imaging software not having the correct driver for this controller card built in.

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SYBA SY-PEX40039 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Syba SY-PEX-40039 does the job 03/12/2014

This review is from: SYBA SY-PEX40039 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Works great, low cost, small form factor, breathes life into older computers.

Cons: Limited to PCI-E, only has two SATA ports (Syba offers cards with more than two SATA ports if you need more of them)

Other Thoughts: I bought the SY-PEX-40039 (mine came as an IOCrest branded card) to add AHCI capabilities to my 8 year old computer with an MSI MS-7350 motherboard that has an nVidia P6N-SLI chipset.

This older board only supports IDE and RAID mode, so I bought the PEX-40039 to add AHCI functionality since I was installing an Intel 335 Series SSD drive and doing a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium.

I recommend you read and/or print out the install instructions from the mini-CD included in the product package prior to installation, as it tells you what you should see to confirm your hard drive is running in AHCI mode.

When I connected my PEX-40039 to my Intel 335 Series SSD, BIOS recognized it right away. However, it showed it as an IDE Drive.

I e-mailed Syba tech support to see if they concurred with my suspicion that the motherboard didn't have AHCI capability, BIOS was detecting it as IDE which was the closest compatible mode it could understand. Tech support wrote right back and thought my analysis was correct.

Syba Tech support also said the PEX-40039 can ONLY run in AHCI or RAID mode so the Windows 7 Home Premium install should see the drive as AHCI after installation.

Per Syba tech support, I loaded the Syba AHCI drivers from the Syba Product CD included with the card during the Win 7 install when it gave me the opportunity to do so.

Win 7 doesn't prompt you when to put the Win 7 CD back in, so if you get an error message, just put the Win 7 CD back in and the install continues.

After Win 7 finished the install and rebooted and finished setup, I confirmed that my Intel 335 SSD drive was indeed operating in AHCI mode.

Words of caution: If you have a second physical (i.e.Data) drive in your computer, made sure it is physically disconnected so that Windows 7 will install correctly and not try to put boot information on the other hard drive instead of the boot drive.

Also, make sure you use SATA hard drive cables that have clips on them to make a firm connection to the card. My PEX-40039 card's connectors were manufactured to accept the cables that had clips, so you could feel the "click" when you inserted the cable into the card.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend this card if you have an older computer that doesn't support AHCI mode and you want to install an SSD drive into it (since AHCI mode will allow you to pass the TRIM command to the SSD drive).

It is also noteworthy that Syba Tech Support has been very responsive to all of my e-mail inquiries and always got back to me in less than 24 hours and they were very helpful.

The card is simple to install. Just read and follow the instructions off the mini-CD and your install should go as smoothly as mine did.

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Palm-Size Handheld Digital Multimeter
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Digital Multimeter review 03/07/2014

This review is from: Palm-Size Handheld Digital Multimeter

Pros: Inexpensive, compact, nice LED display, solid test lead connections

Cons: Dial markings not as clear and understandable as previous multi-meters I've owned. No battery access panel. You have to remove the two screws from the back case to change battery. No owner's manual. Skimpy instructions pamphlet.

Other Thoughts: Good little meter at a very good price. Good for basic around the house electrical needs.

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Date Joined: 12/29/03

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