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Rosewill RX-DUS100 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Failed after first use! 08/06/2011

This review is from: Rosewill RX-DUS100 2.5" & 3.5" SATA to USB2.0 & eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station

Pros: It arrived quickly.

Cons: Bought it on 3/30/2011 to have around - handy device. Today I used it for the first time. I powered it off to switch drives and it would never come back on! Can't RMA it now either as it's too late. Garbage; avoid it.

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Rosewill RC-218 PCI Express SATA II Controller Card w/ 4 internal SATA with 2 external eSATA Design
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs OK, but no ODD support and other issues 05/04/2011

This review is from: Rosewill RC-218 PCI Express SATA II Controller Card w/ 4 internal SATA with 2 external eSATA Design

Pros: ==> Worked with the 160G HDD I plugged into it.
==> eSata worked, though not impressed with the speed.
==> Was able to boot off it.

Cons: ==> No support for ODDs at all. I confirmed this with Rosewill support (and am returning the card because of it).
==> No signed x64 Windows drivers. Makes it very difficult to use booting WS08R2 for example.
==> The jumper config is confusing. Thankfully there is a PDF on the Rosewill product page that makes it a little clearer.
==> Pretty expensive IMO.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-H-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR2 667
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Some SATA ports detected as EXTERNAL 04/10/2011

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-H-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR2 667

Pros: WOL from power off is really cool
6 internal SATA ports
Onboard molex power

Cons: 2 of the 6 internal SATA ports are detected as EXTERNAL by Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (Windows Home Server "Vail") and the Intel Raid software. Causing me RAID issues.

Other Thoughts: Built a RAID5 array using 3 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI drives and the Intel firmware RAID. Works when the drives are connected to SATA ports 0-3, but if they are on ports 4 or 5 the array needs to be rebuilt on every reboot! SATA ports 5 & 5 are being detected by Windows and the Intel software as "EXTERNAL", and I think this is the cause. Tried some registry tricks to label them as INTERNAL but did not work. This it's an Intel driver issue. All latest updates installed (BIOS 1.1a and Intel Rapid Storage Technology v. 10.1.0.1008) but still happening. Could be the HDDs of course - they are not exactly industrial strength RAID drives - but since it works when they are all on "INTERNAL" SATA ports I am thinking that's not it.

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Trevor H.'s Profile

Display Name: Trevor H.

Date Joined: 10/09/02

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 02/01/08
  • Last Review: 08/06/11
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