- 1 x SATA / 1 x eSATA
- Silicon Image 3512 (un-RAID)
- Easy connecting eSATA enclosure
So Far So Good 02/07/2010
One of the easiest installs I have done with my PC. I have an Asus P4P800-DX MB w/latest 2004 BIOS. Dual boot Win2K SP4/XP SP3, 2GB RAM. It easily went into an available PCI slot and I had no trouble hooking up an e-sata connection using the supplied e-sata cable that came with my external HD. The PC booted up, BIOS saw the card, when the new hardware install came up, pointed it to the CDROM that came with the card and it installed the drivers. Same procedure in 2K and XP. Smooth and hiccup free. I quiclky connected my external HD (Aluratek ACUES3501000F - 1TB) and I was transferring files immediately. Also hooked up an older sata drive to the internal connector-no problem there either. Running with 3 internal drives and 2 external with no issues.
Minor quibble that may affect some-the external female e-sata connector on the card is at the far side of the external side of the card. It was a snug but not at all difficult connection to the e-sata cable to external HD for me. Slight chance that others with different MB's might have difficulty if the frame openings on the case to the PCI expansion slots are of a tighter geometry. You'll probably be OK though.
e-sata is fast! 3 times as fast than USB 2.0 and a very noticeable difference. On another note, I discovered that my Aluratek ACUES3501000F 1TB external drive sports a WD-10EADS Western Digital Caviar Green Power 1TB 32MB Cache Hard Disk Drive although it is advertised as Generic drive. WD Diagnostics recognized it as one of its own. Been a good performer too and got it on the cheap from another vendor for a little over 100 bucks.
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