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Hunter B.

Hunter B.

Joined on 05/22/08

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Most Favorable Review

Works as advertised so far

Rosewill RC-219 - eSATA x 2 PCI Express NCQ Non-RAID Controller Card - Silicon Image, SATA II
Rosewill RC-219 - eSATA x 2 PCI Express NCQ Non-RAID Controller Card - Silicon Image, SATA II

Pros: Easy install; instant plug and play recognition with Windows 7 Home Premium (64); connected Rosewill eSATA enclosure and backing up a system within 5 minutes

Cons: None so far

Most Critical Review

Shame on Seagate and Newegg

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: One drive works very well. No issues. Good price per GB. So far good service from Newegg and Seagate to resolve the issue.

Cons: ST3_INVALID_PFM message. Firmware issue that is known, but covered up by Seagate and Newegg. Update/Fix could be posted easily, but I guess neither company wants to admit that there is a much wider spread issue than they are admitting. Given that it is an OEM drive and sold at a very attractive price, Newegg is probably getting the faulty drives.

Overall Review: Ordered two of these drives for a RAID 1 array. One drive is great, the other arrived with bad firmware. This is a KNOWN problem at both Newegg.com and Seagate, but both vendors just ignore the issue and keep shipping faulty drives. Although they both know about this issue and could post a fix pretty easily, the firmware update process is cryptic and "secretive" at best. If you get an "ST3_INVALID_PFM" message, the issue appears to be bad firmware, which essentially does not enable the 32M cache. The answer is to flash the drive with new AD14 firmware from Seagate, but flashing is a PITA and, in my case, simply did not work. In any other case, I would probably just mount the drive and forget about it, but with a RAID array, I want to make sure the drives are EXACTLY the same. Given the first drive works fine, I am stuck with the issue until I get a new drive from Newegg. So far the RMA process is OK, though. Will let you know in a week or so if the 2d drive is DOA as w

Works as advertised

Rosewill RX-358 V2 SLV - Silver, 3.5" SATA to USB & eSATA External Enclosure with Internal 80 mm Fan
Rosewill RX-358 V2 SLV - Silver, 3.5" SATA to USB & eSATA External Enclosure with Internal 80 mm Fan

Pros: Solid, well built feel; 5 minute drive installation, even with unlabeled screws; quiet; fast; instant drive recognition with Windows 7; eSATA capability working well so far; screw mounts feel solid; hard drive connector fits snugly; hard drive fits with no issues (750Gb Seagate)

Cons: There are three different sets of screws, none are labeled and they are close to same size, but not quite. Took a couple of extra minutes to figure out which screws go where -- DO NOT FORCE the wrong screws into the holes or they will strip. I do like the solid feel of screw mounts and screwing down the enclosure instead of some plastic flimsy mounts. With that said, it would take Rosewill about a minute and a simple diagram to show which screws go where.

Overall Review: Bought this unit to backup a new HP desktop running Windows 7 Home Premium (64MB). I also bought the Rosewill PCI express eSata card. The PCIe card took 2 minutes to install, the drive took 3 minutes to install and I was backing up a 750GB drive within 5 minutes of opening the NewEgg box. I could have dinged the unit an egg for not labeling or pre-installing the screws, but figured if you cannot use a screwdriver and be patient, then you should not be near a computer to begin with! Very easy install. I am now ordering another for my home server for Torrent downloads.