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StarTech.com 2 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with 2 mSATA Slots and HyperDuo SSD Tiering... by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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StarTech.com 2 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with 2 mSATA Slots and HyperDuo SSD Tiering...
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 241 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 7.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.6   average
Speed4.1   below average
Raid4.0   above average
Installation3.8   below average
Boot3.5   below average
Windows3.2   below average
Port3.1   below average
Controller2.3   below average


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Boot

Boot:
"Moved it to a PCIe V3.0 x16 slots and was unable to boot, board crashes system, not ready for the increased clock rate of PCIe v3.0 am thinking."
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"Unfortunately, I was unable to boot into Ubuntu 11.04 or Knoppix."
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"installed fine, drivers, jumpers are weak link, worked OK...Causes erratic boot ups... not sure why, but sometimes (20%) reboots and locks up... never an issue beforeGoing from the on-board SATA 2 (3 Gbps) controller to this SATA 3 (6 Gbps) controller only moved my win 8 disk score from 7.8 7o 7.9 using a Kingston Hyper K SSD; expected a bigger boost in performanceNet, in my application, not worth the money"
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"The card wanted to boot first in priority, so I had to connect my previous main harddrive to it, then mirror to the SSD, then change where the drives are plugged in to allow the SSD to boot first, but it works great."
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"From the reviews I expected this to be compatible with an EFI boot."
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"Pros of the card (as a SATA card);Quick recognition by UEFI Bios, no problems at allFast boot timeWorked pretty well flawlessly (but not as a RAID controller)Cons;It CANNOT do eSATA and internal sata at the time same time."
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"The speed that it gives is great on all 4 drives and it only adds a couple of seconds to my boot time when recognized."
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"I could not boot from it into windows 8, but can with windows 7.I think that I'd recommend changing out motherboards over buying a slow adapter."
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Controller

Controller:
"Write speed (large file, > 2GB):Copy from other SATA controller: 80-105 MB secCopy from same SATA controller: 60-70 MB secNo error so far (one month)."
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"I had tried another controller but found that it wasn't compatible with the built in controller."
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"When Dell Inspiron 620 computers started coming in, I was upset to find that (even with the latest BIOS & firmware updates) my old Silicon Image (Sii3132 chipset) SATA controllers had compatibility problems with the UEFI feature of the Inspiron 620's sandybridge motherboards."
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"I was hoping the problems some people have with SATA controller cards in Linux is that they try to use them in the native RAID modes, or something along those lines, so I was looking for a way to ensure this was in AHCI mode."
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"Windows 7 recognizes controller and attached eSATA drives with no problems."
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"I highly recommend the StarTech controller."
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"I was pleased that the StarTech was compatible with the build in RAID controller."
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"Pros of the card (as a SATA card);Quick recognition by UEFI Bios, no problems at allFast boot timeWorked pretty well flawlessly (but not as a RAID controller)Cons;It CANNOT do eSATA and internal sata at the time same time."
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"So to make a long story short, if you have an older PC and want a larger HDD, do some homework and get a decent controller card."
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Installation

Installation:
"1st installation fail and caused my re-format my Samsung SSD 840 Evo."
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"I had no problem with installation or driver issues."
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"I had a time installing it because I was trying to put it in the wrong port."
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"Installation of hardware and software was easy."
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"The card came with both standard height and half height brackets (nice for small form factor machines), On installation Windows 7 was automatically able to recognize it and install drivers; after a few seconds my optical drives appeared in my driver manager list just fine."
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"Installation was simple & it has more than exceeded expectations at a great value."
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"Installation was smooth and Windows recognized without problems but upon data transfer to the backup RAID system, system would freeze and eventually driver error would pop out."
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"Installation was very smooth without problems... Will purchase it again"
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Port

Port:
"When the port did not see both drives [heard that Dell had trouble with their eSATA port], I ordered this card to by pass any problems that the computer may have."
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"I had a time installing it because I was trying to put it in the wrong port."
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"Later I have found out that my motherboard does not work well with the adapter if connected to the lowest port."
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"At first it was a little confusing because if you don't move the pins on the card it's self the default mode is for it to be in eSATA mode ( which is great if thats what you want ) and the internal ports are dead."
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"The throughput is only slightly over half of the built-in port, I'd not recommend this for a SSD, or for a conventional hard drive either, it does not add much speed at all for a conventional hard drive."
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"I have had it for a month with no apparent problems accessing the hard drives connected to the ports."
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"They need to rewrite the on-line manual for better ease of use, but otherwise this is a nice little SATA 4 Port card (only used for 1 week so far)."
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"I'm using it for two additional ports in a HTPC and it is working well in that application."
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"Two ports: one in one ext is perfect for my setup."
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"Not sure how fast these ports are but they should be great for something like an optical drive."
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"This allowed me to easily add two SATA ports to my computer."
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Price

Price:
"Better speed all around,no cheap on board chip that will fail and a happy staffer...Jacob"
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"It works well at a great price."
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"I would recommend it highly, Excellent Price, also........SHALOM..........Brother Randahl"
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"I had been using USB but this inexpensive card made it easy to add an eSATA port, which speeded up data transfers to and from the external drive."
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"Reasonable price and fair quality construction."
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"It's ... OK. First the good: It's cheap, it works, and it gives you two additional ports."
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Raid

Raid:
"since i got another SSD (same capacity) standby, so i choose to setup as RAID-1 (mirror).restart, but still fail to load Win7 pro."
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"StarTech email support was responsive and polite, but couldn't help with my one issue (I asked if there was a jumper option to reverse the activity LED polarity).Some caveats: I found that the HDDs, even in RAID mirror mode, are formatted such that they require a StarTech card to work (they are not recognized if plugged directly into the MB); so you might want to make sure you have a spare StarTech card just in case."
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"Working well to put a 3TB RAID1 data array on my old Intel DX50SO system."
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"I previously had a LSI 9640-8i card that ate expensive custom backup batteries and constantly warned about rewriting data even if the added battery backup was used and was charged, had a huge set-up requirement, had more perpetual software bugs than a rotted tree trunk, and still ended up corrupting my drives in under 2 years (faster than that if I had not used a RAID - drives still good, but data corrupted due to write-backing), so I hope for better long term results with this simple card."
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"Works great for raid 1 or 0."
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"I was pleased that the StarTech was compatible with the build in RAID controller."
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"Pros of the card (as a SATA card);Quick recognition by UEFI Bios, no problems at allFast boot timeWorked pretty well flawlessly (but not as a RAID controller)Cons;It CANNOT do eSATA and internal sata at the time same time."
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Speed

Speed:
"Tech Support Chat was actually responsive and said my speed results were representative and nothing apparently wrong."
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"I was plagued by the speed problems of using external usb drives and came across the StarTech dual docking station."
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"It couldn't have been easier and the performance has been awesome - sustained 30 megabytes a second for moving 2 TB's of files while the machine does other processing tasks."
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"Also that staff person has complained about the speed of backup restore from the drive."
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"Better speed all around,no cheap on board chip that will fail and a happy staffer...Jacob"
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"Very fast, very satisfied."
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"Not sure how fast these ports are but they should be great for something like an optical drive."
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"It is compatible with Windows 7 and my MSI Motherboard and has excellent performance."
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"Ran backup - everything works fast and perfect! "
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"Good performance for this type of software and hardware configuration."
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Windows

Windows:
"This is NOT compatible with Windows 7."
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"then i unplug my SATA cable and connect to PEXSAT32.boot up windows 7 pro fail, received some 00000xxx code, and request me to repair win 7 pro."
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"To useless to return, new i7 computer windows 8.1 ASUS x79 mobo, system will not recognize this device."
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"I went back to the Windows driver which solved the problem."
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"I'm hoping that these problems will go away after the conversion from Windows XP to Windows 7.StarTech customer Service was very responsive and interactive."
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"Installed in windows 8.1 system and it plugged and played great with no update to required."
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"It was a straight forward, zero problem install on windows 7 for me."
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"Works fine, easy to install and in Windows 7 you have nothing else to do, just plug and use"
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"I use this with four two terabytes Western Digital Black hard drives under Windows Storage Spaces with no problems."
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"The card came with both standard height and half height brackets (nice for small form factor machines), On installation Windows 7 was automatically able to recognize it and install drivers; after a few seconds my optical drives appeared in my driver manager list just fine."
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