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2 Port PCI Express eSATA Controller Adapter Card

Add 2 eSATA ports to your desktop computer through a PCI Express expansion slot

Product ID: PEXESATA2

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  • 2 external eSATA ports
  • Support for FIS and Command-based Port Multiplier technology
  • Large capacity drive support with 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA)

This 2 Port PCI Express eSATA Controller Adapter Card offers simple connectivity between a host computer and eSATA devices. Providing two eSATA ports the adapter card offers a cost-effective solution for connecting hot-pluggable, high-speed storage, and in turn allows for easier data backups and archiving.

With full support for SATA 300 (SATA II) hard drives and data transfer speeds of up to 3 Gbps, the adapter card features a native PCI Express single chipset that provides enhanced compatibility, reliability and performance for external SATA storage needs.

The PCI Express eSATA controller card also features port multiplier capability with command-based switching for connecting multiple external hard drives to a host Windows® system through a single external SATA connection.

A dual profile solution, the eSATA controller card includes a low profile/half-height bracket for adapting to slimline or small form factor system applications.

Applications

  • Add eSATA capabilities for high speed external storage to a workstation or server
  • Add Port Multiplier capable eSATA ports for expanded external storage capability
  • Upgrade from slower external connection methods to native SATA connectivity

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Port Multiplier technology supports multi-drive external enclosures over a single eSATA cable at speeds up to 3.0Gbps
  • Supports hard drives larger than 136GB with 48-bit LBA and a native PCI Express chipset instead of a bridge chip, to ensure fast, reliable operation
  • Backed by a StarTech.com lifetime warranty and free lifetime technical support

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Micro Belgium 1595879
  • Ingram Micro Netherlands 1595879
  • UPC 065030826198

Compatibility

  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) logo
  • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) logo
Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012
Mac OS X® 10.6 to 10.11
Linux 3.5.x to 4.4.x LTS Versions only

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty Lifetime
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) PCI Express x1
2 - External Ports eSATA (7 pin, Data)
Environmental Operating Temperature 5°C to 50°C (41°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Humidity 20~80% RH
Hardware Ports 2
Interface eSATA
Bus Type PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Chipset ID Silicon Image - SiI3132
Packaging Information Package Length 22 cm [8.7 in]
Package Width 16 cm [6.3 in]
Package Height 48 mm [1.9 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 160 g [5.6 oz]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 300 MB/sec (3.0 Gigabits/sec)
Type and Rate SATA II (3 Gbps)
Port Multiplier Yes
Number of Ports That Support Port Multiplier 2 (can use 2 PM at a time)
Number of Drives Supported Through Port Multiplier 1 to 8
Hardware Raid Supported No
MTBF 3,141,188 hours
Supported Protocols FIS Based Switching for an additional 1-5 ports
Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Legacy Command Queuing (LCQ)
Physical Characteristics Product Length 12 cm [4.7 in]
Product Width 90 mm [3.5 in]
Product Height 20 mm [0.8 in]
Weight of Product 67.9 g [2.4 oz]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012
Mac OS X® 10.6 to 10.11
Linux 3.5.x to 4.4.x LTS Versions only
Special Notes / Requirements Note PCI Express 1.1 and is compatible with a PCI Express 2.0 slot
Port Multiplier not supported in Mac OS®
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package eSATA PCI Express Card
Low Profile Bracket
Installation CD
Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

When Windows asks, “Where do you want to install Windows?” choose “Load Driver.” Then connect a USB drive (or insert a CD) with the controller’s RAID driver and load the correct one for the OS you will be installing.

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open the Device Manager.
  3. Right-click SCSI and RAID Controllers, which will have a “!” or “?” next to it to indicate a driver issue.
  4. Click Update Driver.
  5. Click Browse my computer for driver software.
  6. Select the Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer option.
  7. On the Select your device’s type from the list below screen, click Show All Devices, and click Next.

Note: The Select your device’s type from the list below screen does not appear on all systems. If you do not see this screen, skip this step.

  1. Select the Have Disk option.
  2. Browse to the extracted folder from Step 2.
  3. Open the Windows folder.
  4. Open the Manual Drivers folder.
  5. Open the folders as appropriate for your system type and hardware.

Note: To view your system type, click Start. Right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

  1. Click the SI3132.inf file. Click OK, and then click Next. Additional device listings will appear in Device Manager.
  2. Complete steps 4 to 11 for each of the new device listings.

Troubleshooting

When you troubleshoot issues with a hard drive controller card, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • IDE, SATA, and eSATA cables

  • Hard drives

  • Hard drive controller card

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the IDE, SATA, or eSATA cable, hard drive, and hard drive controller card in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different IDE, SATA, or eSATA cable, hard drive, and hard drive controller card in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the hard drive and hard drive controller card, it is recommended that you do the following:

  1. To open the Device Manager, press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter. Check the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers (for IDE) section, or the Storage controllers (for SATA) section.

  2. Do one of the following:

Note: Formatting a hard drive erases all of the data on it. Make sure that you back up all of your data before you reformat the hard drive.

  1. To check Disk Management, press the Windows key + R, type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter. Check to see if your hard drive is listed.

  2. If the hard drive is listed as healthy but does not have a drive letter, for example, C:, right-click healthy and click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Add, assign a drive letter, and click OK.

Note: A formatted hard drive does not show up in Computer or My Computer until it has a drive letter assigned to it.

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

In order to use a hard drive plugged into a hard drive controller card as your operating system, you need to install the operating system onto the hard drive while it is plugged into the expansion card. To do this, complete the following:

Note: Not all hard drive controller cards have drivers that allow you to install the operating system onto the hard drive. All of the hard drive controllers that display this FAQ include this capability.

Before you begin, consult the documentation that came with the motherboard to make sure that the motherboard or BIOS supports booting from an expansion card.

  1. Back up any data on the hard drive.
  2. Make a copy of the drivers from the website onto a floppy disc, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. The drivers that you download depends on the operating system that you want to install.
  3. Install the hard drive controller card onto your motherboard.
  4. Plug the hard drive into the controller card.
  5. Turn on your computer and open the operating system install wizard.
  6. Before you select the hard drive that you want to install the operating system onto, select the option to install third-party drivers.
  7. Point the driver installer to the floppy disc, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive.
  8. Install the drivers.
  9. Select the hard drive on the hard drive controller card as the location where you want to install the operating system.
  10. Complete the on-screen instructions to finish installing the operating system.

Before You Buy

Although you can adapt a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drive to connect to a standard SATA controller card, the card must support SAS commands in order to communicate with SAS drives. SAS drives have a different command set that is not present on SATA controllers.

This SATA controller card only supports standard SATA drives.

This device does not support the ATA Packet Interface (ATAPI) protocol. ATAPI is required for optical drives, including CD-ROM drives, DVD-ROM drives, and Blu-ray players. Because this device does not support ATAPI, optical drives are also not supported over any IDE, SATA, or eSATA connections.

For a list of products that do support ATAPI, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/hard_drive_controllers_atapi_support.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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PC? HP z840? Use a different model card.

By: darionyc - 03/06/2016
I write this in hoping to save someone else the time I went through in figuring out the spec needed for my computer. The eSATA mechanical slot with a direct connect to the mother board would not support my Startech 4 Dock SATDOCK4U3E. The PEXESAT32 2 Port Dual Profile PCI Express eSATA 6Gbps Controller Adap is not supported by the HP z840 due to some architecture incompatibility. You will need to buy the PEXESATA2 2 Port PCI-E eSATA Card. which works fine and resolved all my connection and BSOD issues. Overall works fine and fast. I thank Startech support for finding the solution after a great deal of effort on both our parts. (HP support too.)
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