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2 Port SATA 6 Gbps PCI Express SATA Controller Card

Add two SATA 6Gbps ports for high speed access to large internal storage solutions

Product ID: PEXSAT32

  • Supports SATA Rev 3.0 transfer speeds up to 6.0Gbps and backwards compatible with SATA I/II at 1.5/3.0Gbps
  • Port Multiplier FIS-based and Command-based switching supported
  • Supports RAID 0 and 1 modes
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  • Compliant with PCI Express 2.0 standards
  • Uses existing SATA I/II connectors and cabling
  • Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and ATA/ ATAPI commands
  • Ships with a full profile bracket install, low profile included
  • LED headers for HDD activity LED indicators
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Overview

The PEXSAT32 2-Port PCI Express SATA 6 Gbps (SATA 3.0) Controller Card offers simple connectivity between a host computer and SATA 3.0 devices - a cost-effective solution for connecting high-speed storage, such as High RPM Hard Drives and Solid State Drives (SSD), which in turn allows for easier data backups and archiving.

With full support for SATA 3.0 hard drives and data transfer speeds of up to 6 Gbps, the adapter card features a native PCI Express single chipset that provides enhanced compatibility, reliability and performance for external SATA 600 MB/s storage needs.

The controller card is backward compatible with SATA 2.0 devices, providing the versatility to use older storage, and features support for RAID 0 and 1 modes as well as port multiplier capability with command-based and FIS-based switching for connecting multiple external hard drives to a host PC through a single SATA connection.

A dual profile solution, the SATA 3.0 controller card includes a low profile/half-height bracket for installation in slimline or small form factor computer cases.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Twice the speed of SATA II (3Gbps)
  • Ships with a full profile bracket install, low profile included

Applications

Add two internal SATA 6Gbps port for connecting SATA rev 3.0 (6Gbps) Hard Drives

High performance internal SATA storage solution

Multimedia streaming or video editing

Perfect for multi-drive internal raid storage solutions

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty Lifetime
Hardware
Bus Type PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Chipset ID Marvell - 88SE9128
Interface SATA
Ports 2
Performance
ATAPI Support Yes
Bootable Yes
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 6 Gbps
Number of Drives Supported Through Port Multiplier 1 to 5
Number of Ports That Support Port Multiplier 2 (can only use 1 PM at a time)
Port Multiplier Yes
RAID Yes
Supported RAID Modes RAID 0 (Striped Disks)
RAID 1 (Mirrored Disks)
JBOD - (Just a Bunch of Disks)
Type and Rate SATA III (6 Gbps)
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - PCI Express x1 Male
Internal Ports 2 - SATA (7 pin, Data) Plug
Software
Microsoft WHQL Certified Yes
OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.14
Linux 3.5.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only
Note: Connected drives cannot be used as System / Primary drive in Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Special Notes / Requirements
Note The maximum throughput of this card is limited by the bus interface. If used with PCI Express Gen 1.0 enabled computers, the max throughput is 2.5 Gbps. If used with PCI Express Gen 2.0 enabled computers, the max throughput is 5 Gbps.

Only one port can use the Port Multiplier feature at a time.

Alarm function is not supported in MSU software.
Environmental
Humidity 15~90% RH
Operating Temperature 5°C to 50°C (41°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Product Height 0.8 in [21.3 mm]
Product Length 2.7 in [67.7 mm]
Product Weight 1.2 oz [33 g]
Product Width 2.5 in [64.5 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 4.4 oz [126 g]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - SATA 6Gbps PCI Express Card
1 - Low Profile Bracket
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.14
Linux 3.5.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only
Note: Connected drives cannot be used as System / Primary drive in Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016

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(5 stars) WIN2016

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Installed it in ASUS mobo created a raid-1 volume from two drives. Had no problem to install and boot Win2016 (ver 2018) with windows drivers coming in iso file
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(2 stars) Cannot access card BIOS

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Well i bought this thing for a raid controller to raid my 2 ssd hard drives toghether, but the bios wont boot up.... In-fact when I start up my pc, right when the Controller bios shows up, it's just a blank black screen, like it froze or something. I have no idea how to fix it, installed all the drivers, have been working on this for literally 4 days.... I mean it's good for an AHCI and my hard drives work on it, literally just can't use raid, which is the whole purpose of me buying this thing.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Malcolm, Customer Support
Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. We apologize our PEXSAT32 isn't working as intended for your setup and would like to help. We have Technical Support Advisors available 24 hours, 5 days a week. Please chat with us at https://chat.startech.com or give us a call so we can troubleshoot this issue for you.

(2 stars) No way to monitor RAID health

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I bought this a few months ago, and I am disappointed in the Windows software for this product. There is no way to know if the RAID is degraded from Windows. This software should pop up a message or, better yet, send an email when the RAID has been degraded.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Malcolm, Customer Support
Thanks for your feedback regarding monitoring on our PEXSAT32. The MSU (Marvell Storage Utility), available on the download on the Support page for this product, does provide several virtual disk status monitoring options. You can configure an audible alert through the tray utility, check the Windows Event Viewer, or configure email event notifications. A full manual for the MSU is available here, and provides detailed instructions for configuring these options: https://sgcdn.startech.com/005329/media/sets/Marvell_Storage_Utility_88SE91xx/User_Guide_MSU.pdf We would be happy to discuss this further if needed. Please feel free to reach out to us by chat, phone, or email using our support site: https://www.startech.com/support

(5 stars) Saved A Server

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I bought this with a Seagate IronWolf 10TB drive in hope that it could save my data from three dying Hitachi 2TB drives in a Mac Pro 2008 running as a server. This helped me as the Mac Pro internal controller could only handle 6TB across all the drives without corrupting data, whilst a helpful support chat said that it should indeed support the drive despite not being listed on the site. In the end, through tinkering with the Mac Pro's internal cables it worked!
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(4 stars) Giving a old box new life

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I have a HP Z800 that I wanted SSD w/Sata3 to speed things up. This card has allowed this to happen. I am running a dual boot - Win 7Pro 64 bit and Ubuntu and both OS can see the SSD.
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(5 stars) A Lifesaver!

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Recently bought an HP Envy 750-150. It has a bay for an additional drive and an available power supply plug. Much to my surprise there wasn't an a available SATA data connection on the motherboard. Found this card on Amazon. Installed it in the available PCIe x1 slot and a hard drive, and now I'm in business. Windows 10 recognized the card without any driver installation. GREAT CARD!
Quality of Product (5/5)
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(4 stars)

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I bought a Samsung SSD to speed up boot times in my 5 yr old Win 7 PC, which only supports SATA2, so I bought this SATA3 card from Amazon to get the best from the SSD. Make sure you insert the Startech card in a PCIe Rev 2 x16 slot, otherwise you won’t get the best SSD speed benefits. Fortunately I had one, and it physically installed easily. Win 7 did NOT automatically install the driver software (Startech say it will), so I'd downloaded the latest driver from Startech's web site and had it ready to install. Windows eventually conceded that the adaptor driver was working correctly. With the new SSD plugged into this card, boot times are now blindingly quick. I've seen no stability problems so far after a few day's operation. This card adds about 10 seconds to the boot sequence while the driver is loaded, but even with this, the PC is now useable after 75 seconds instead of seven minutes, so the card seems to be working well. Brilliant.
Quality of Product (4/5)
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