- PCI Express to SATA Card
- 3.0 Gbps Data Transfer Rate
Design Flaw 10/08/2009
This review is from: StarTech 2 Port PCI Express eSATA Controller Adapter Card Model PEXESATA2
Good concept, good price - if you need to hot swap devices this can really save you a lot of time. Great if you are short on eSATA connections.
Card is made with a slight design flaw that you may not even notice but it could cause the card to appear not to work. The exterior slots for the eSATA plugs on the outside plate are not centered. In fact, they are so close to the edge that most likely your computer case frame (around the slot) will interfere with the plug being inserted 100%. That last little 8th of an inch can keep your device from getting a firm seat into the connection. It will appear to not be recognizing any device.
After installing the card I could not get any connectivity from anything I plugged in. I tried everything (Bios updates, changing to a different PE slot, etc.). Only when I noticed the device plugs were not going all the way in was I able to press it in hard - and then I could see the connection being made on the PC screen popup. You may have to try to move the card to the side a bit before you screw it into place OR cut your case frame to allow the plugs to go more easily into place.
What price do you put on the time spent and wasted trying to get something so simple to install? The cost of the item was nothing compared to the hours invested to find and adjust for this very basic design flaw.
I hope this "heads up" saves someone a lot of time and aggravation. I am sure some of the people who purchased this may have thought that it didn't work at all.
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