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Michael B.

Michael B.

Joined on 03/01/08

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Add a 3TB HDD to your old PC

StarTech.com PEXESAT322I PCI-Express x1 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 2 Int/2 Ext SATA Controller Card
StarTech.com PEXESAT322I PCI-Express x1 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 2 Int/2 Ext SATA Controller Card

Pros: Reversible connectors (you can switch internal to external via jumpers), small footprint for tight cases

Cons: Default jumper settings are for external connectors, so I had to switch one connector to internal to connect a new secondary HDD.

Overall Review: My 2007-era Dell Dimension E520 (running Win7 64-bit) had a dying 250GB hard drive (original Seagate), so with HDD prices being so low I thought I'd get clever. I bought a fast 300GB primary (WD Velociraptor) and a 3TB secondary (WD Red series for sharing). The primary HDD worked great, but you probably already know what happened with the secondary--the 3TB drive only showed 746GB! Quick internet research revealed that my dinosaur PC needed a controller card in order to recognize the full 3TB. After much searching and reading way too many bad reviews, I found this card. And it actually worked! Additionally, the drivers on the CD were the same on their website--when has that ever happened? So to make a long story short, if you have an older PC and want to add a larger HDD, do some homework and get a decent controller card. This one worked out perfectly.