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Pros: Whopper capacity in a small package. I have a pair of these along with a Seagate Expansion 5TB external, They connect to a Dell PowerEdge R300 server via a USB 3.0 expansion card. The system runs Win Server 2012 R2 and is used for file sharing and backups. The server isn't running all the time so using desktop grade storage ought not be an issue, definitely not so far.
Cons: Sure it's the current reigning standard for interconnect, but I sure wouldn't mind if disk devices supported eSATA along with USB 3.0. Surely providing a bridge that could do both wouldn't add much to the cost. Speaking of the bridge, as I read in other reviews, the throughput could be better. I see ~60 MB/second on the high end when accessing file shares on the disks.
Other Thoughts: I had quite the stroke of luck a few months back when I found one of these in a local pawn shop with a $40 price sticker on it. Needless to say I was all over it. I got the Expansion disk a few months before that and just added the second Backup Plus courtesy of the egg at a good price. With 15TB connected, I think my file server will be set for a while.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill Model RC-100 - Low-Profile PCI to 2 + 1 USB 2.0 Card
Pros: Came with a low profile bracket, those seem few and far between.
Cons: Haven't seen any yet
Other Thoughts: I got the card to go in a Dell Opti GX240 SFF, which can only take a low profile card. The box lacks USB 2.0 so it needed an upgrade. I use this antique to run Kali Linux, and the box has plenty enough oomph for that job.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SYBA USB 3.0 4-port PCI-Express x1 Controller Card, VLI VL80x Chip Model SD-PEX20133
Pros: Went into a PCIe slot in a Dell Poweredge SC440 box and Win Server 2008 R2 worked with it just fine with Win 7 driver software. File copying shows around 85 MB per second throughput to attached disks.
Cons: This server is always running and sits on a shelf running file sharing service and has no keyboard or mouse or display, login is strictly via RDP. If no user is logged on, the disks attached seem to disappear off the box and are inaccessible to file sharing. Logging in and opening Computer brings them slowly back online. If I just disconnect the RDP session and leave a user logged on, they stay connected. Unsure if it's a card/driver or Win Server issue. Luckily the workaround is simple enough.
Other Thoughts: My favorite non newegg vendor was selling off empty USB 3.0 disk enclosures for $1 each so I got myself a stack of 'em. I had four WD green 750 gig disks functioning as paperweights for lack of somewhere to put 'em, so I stuck 'em in four of the enclosures. Then I needed something USB 3.0 to connect 'em to so I went looking for a four port card and thought this one would do. Aside from the above problem, the setup is working great.READ FULL REVIEW