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Frank C.

Frank C.

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Works but with unacceptable issues

Rosewill RC-212 VIA PCI SATA 1.5G / IDE ATA 133 Controller Card / Supports Raid 0, 1, 0+1, JBOD, non-RAID mode
Rosewill RC-212 VIA PCI SATA 1.5G / IDE ATA 133 Controller Card / Supports Raid 0, 1, 0+1, JBOD, non-RAID mode

Pros: Fairly easy to install and get running. Quick to receive from Newegg. This card was not hard to install. I needed to make a new SATA lightscribe DVD work in my Dell Optiplex system that only had one SATA port with a SATA hard drive already taking that spot. The DVD installed with the system was IDE. I decided to go this route and install the SATA PCI card to give my system more capabilities and allow for the SATA Lightscribe to function. Received the card in only two days. Was able to get my DVD Burner to work with it fairly quickly. It seems to work just OK and the data transfer was fast but using this card came with some issues to be weary about.

Cons: Taking it out of the box, I set the jumpers to what I needed (non-raid, 1 internal, 1 external SATA), installed the card and followed the directions for WinXP to load the drivers. Rebooted and immediately got the blue screen of death. Rebooted again and the system booted up the the Rosewill RC-212 bios. I had to hit F1 to get XP to come up. Then I shutdown, attached the Lightscribe and rebooted. Again the RC-212 bios comes up requiring the F1 to get into Windows. That's a big CON as I sometimes have to reboot from remoting in to this PC and I won't be able to get pass that step. You should be able to get into Windows on a reboot without having to go through a BIOS key entry first. My system is now intermittently blue screening and hanging up. Four times in two weeks when I never had that before. My system has only been setup now for 3 months and never had a blue screen. I will call NewEgg and return this card and go for the SATA to IDE converter instead for my Lightscribe.

Overall Review: If you don't mind having to hit F1 on your keyboard everytime after a reboot or power up before your system will go into the OS, this card could be fine, if you get one that doesn't intermittently cause Windows to blue screen on you though.