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Fantom Drives G-Force 2TB USB 2.0 / Firewire400 / eSATA 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quiet and functional for the most part. Bought three of these. 2 of them work fine. 1 had a bad eSATA port or something.

Cons: So one of these puppies caused my server to reboot continuously. It took me a while to figure out what the problem was because I also purchased 2 eSATA controllers at the same time. Figured it out when I booted to FreeDOS and noticed a strange error about "Illegal partition".

So I turned one on and left the other two off, rebooted, and did not get the error. Therefore I kept doing this process until the third one popped the error. (I also switched the cabling just to be sure. Definitely the drive.)

Since I really needed eSATA for backups and that faulty drive wasn't going to do it for me, I turned it into a personal use drive on my workstation using USB. It came up fine and is working .. on USB.

Other Thoughts: I've purchased 5 or so Fantom drives within the past. 3 of them worked fully. 1 didn't work at all. (Don't ever buy a GREEN drive from ANY vendor. They all fail.) 1 has a faulty eSATA port.

I have about a 60% success rate with Fantom. Would I buy another one? Probably.

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Rosewill RC-226 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Works on Windows Server 2012 R2 02/03/2014

This review is from: Rosewill RC-226 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: I must say that after doing a lot of configuration changes, I got this product to work AS IS. I had to do two things:

1) Update the firmware on my RC-211 to Sil3132 Unraid
2) Upgrade my server to Windows Server 2012 R2
3) Turn off and pretty much discard one of my new Fantom backup drives. (It's eSATA port was causing hardware errors.)

So .. to say that any of these issues were due to the RC-226 is premature. Therefore I would like to give this card a high rating.

I have two of these in one machine and they now work fine.

Cons: None really, now that I got it working.

I'm only a little concerned that I did a clean install of my OS to get it working. Also my other controllers' hard drives became problematic. (But I'm guessing my OS hiccups did that.) Only time will tell ...

Other Thoughts: I'm guessing here that people buy these cards in preparation to attach new hardware, like me. Before passing judgement against the card for failures, consider your other hardware or software the culprit.

For me, it was one of my three new Fantom external drives that was problematic. And possibly my OS

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Rosewill RC-226 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs 3 years later, still doesn't work 01/23/2014

This review is from: Rosewill RC-226 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: none

Cons: Correction from previous review. RC-220 is my other card that works fine. The RC-211 (which also works fine) is my SATA card.

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BENJAMIN B.'s Profile

Display Name: BENJAMIN B.

Date Joined: 09/28/09

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 09/04/11
  • Last Review: 02/03/14
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