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This review is from: Rosewill RC-221 PCI Low Profile Ready SATA Controller Card
Pros: *Two eSATA ports
*Supports RAID 0 (Striping) and RAID 1 (Mirroring)
*Jumper enable / disable onboard SATA BIOS
*NewEgg Customer Care - fast shipping. Thanks!
Cons: *No eSATA cable included
*No mention of the Jumper settings in the manual
*Jumper itself has a little finger grip on it that while useful for easier jumper placement, it is SO long that it interfered with the adapter in the adjoining PCI slot. It also hangs DOWN and was somewhat loose (worried about falling off). I just replaced it with an extra normal jumper I had.
Other Thoughts: Essentially the same card as the Rosewill RC-220, except this one supports RAID. On special when I got it - was actually less than RC-220 with more features. Jumper feature is awesome. It has an onboard BIOS - lets you include attached hard drives in the boot sequence. This is the DEFAULT jumper position, so if this is what you want, leave the jumper alone. If you don't want this, move the jumper to the upper position (pins 2-3) and this card's BIOS is bypassed. Very slick. I installed it in a dual boot WinXP/Win7 machine, and had no problems with it being identified and drivers being loaded on either OS. WinXP loaded drivers from the CD and Win7 loaded them from Windows Update. Performance increase over USB 2.0 was impressive - exactly what I bought this card for
WinXP 5GB file Read/Write (USB) 14.5 MB/s - 14.9 MB/s
WinXP 5GB file Read/Write (eSATa) 83.8 MB/s - 55.0 MB/s
Win7 5GB file Read/Write (USB) 13.2 MB/s - 12.6 MB/s
Win7 5GB file Read/Write (eSATA) 107.3 MB/s - 93.2 MB/s