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This review is from: SUPERMICRO AOC-SAT2-MV8 64-bit PCI-X133MHz SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: Back in 2012 I needed to expand the capacity of my old storage server and didn't have the money to go all out and buy new case, motherboard, etc. I came across this controller card and in having several 5.25'' slots available I also purchased a 3x5.25'' to 5x3.5'' drive cage, which instantly gave me 5 new slots for 5 more hard drives.
After opening up and installing everything, installing drivers, etc, it worked like a charm! It's not the fastest thing out there, my motherboard doesn't have PCI-e anyway, so for pure cold storage it's plenty fast and reliable.
I was also amazed I could run this controller in Windows Server 2012 R2, had a bit of complication with the drivers, but managed to get it to work. Running it with 4Tb hard drives and they are recognized perfectly too.
Cons: Over the years I upgraded my storage server to Windows Server 2012 and had a bit of a fight with the drivers. I think it's a shame Supermicro doesn't continue support for this controller anymore, and for a bit I thought I was going to have to get a different one. After looking around for answers I found that this controller card is driver compatible with the Sonnet Tempo Sata controllers, so if anyone needs to find a driver to get this controller working on newer OSes, look up on google for "Sonnet Tempo SATA X4i 4.2.0".
After installing those drivers Windows Server 2012 recognized it instantly and all my drives came online, I imported them and all data was there and RAID redundancy across drives maintained.
Other Thoughts: Some people reported this controller was not capable of handling large hard drives, but I have it hooked up to hard drives of 1Tb, 2Tb and 4Tb capacities and they are recognized without any issue.
I don't know if it's because I'm using the Sonnet Tempo driver, or if it's because it's Windows Server 2012, but larger hard drives had no issue. The only thing to notice is that with hard drives over 3Tb you have to convert them to GPT to get the full amount of space in one partition. Otherwise it creates a 3Tb partition and a second partition with the remaining space.
This review is from: TRIPP LITE ECO900UPSM 900VA 480W 6 UPS outlets, 6 surge-only outlets Outlets UPS
Pros: Came across this little UPS / power strip hybrid and it seemed very convenient in multiple ways, first it's not much bigger than a regular power strip, second it has a battery backup that can hold small appliances on for a few minutes in case of power outages, and third it has eco features to turn off specific plugs and prevent ghost currents from racking up the power bill. I figured this was the perfect device to plug my media center, TV and blu-ray player to.
Cons: Unfortunately it was too good to be true... After a few unsuccessful tries I turned to the manual to try and figure out what I was doing wrong, and it turns out that in small letters it says that by design the ECO slots are not battery backed up. So I can use the battery backed up slots to protect my devices from power outages, or I can use the ECO slots to eliminate ghost current... but not both! The ECO slots are not battery backed up, therefore in case of power failure any devices connected to the ECO slots will lose power.
Other Thoughts: It would be a great device if it could provide both features simultaneously, but unfortunately it can't. I am disappointed with it, and will return it, but I will keep looking for an alternative that fits my needs.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: iStarUSA BPU-126-SA 1 x 5.25" to 6 x 2.5" SATA 6.0 Gb/s Hot-Swap Cage
Pros: This hard drive cage comes to the consumer market to emulate the feel of having a full fledged storage server in a value desktop budget... and it does the job great!
I have purchased 4 of these over the last couple of years and I can see myself purchasing one or two more now that the discount is almost half of the price.
All as been said already in previous reviews, the heavy and sturdy feel of the aluminum is impressive, the fact that it fits 6 drives in 1x 5.25'' bay is awesome, and having only 1 molex cable to power all 6 drives is brilliant!
I have a small storage server equipped with one of these and it's nice to see the purple LEDs in each drive flashing like Christmas lights in the dark when data transfers are being done, although I could do without the steady blue LEDs that indicate power.
Cons: Having to pass through and feed 6 sata (data) cables to it is still annoying, but then again it's helpful that each drive has its own sata line to achieve maximum combined performance. I would have liked if there was a similar unit with a back plane sata multiplier and only 1 sata cable coming out of it, but that would sacrifice peak performance of the drives as they all would have to share the same data cable.
The trays are not as "plug & play" as I wish they were, when you want to replace a hard drive you pull it out, unscrew 4 screws from the bottom to release it, put the new drive on it and apply the 4 screws again and only after that insert the tray back in the cage. It's not as fast of a process as in high end storage servers but it gets the job done.
Other Thoughts: All in all it's a great HDD cage, possibly one of the best you can find. Only had 1 of my 4 RMA'ed but that was due to improper shipping, as the unit got to me with one of its fans broken on the back and popped out of place. But Newegg promptly got me a new one for replacement.READ FULL REVIEW