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2 Port Mini PCI Express Internal SATA II Controller Card

Add 2 SATA ports to a small form factor or embedded system, through a Mini PCIe slot

Product ID: MPEXSATA22I

  • Two independent SATA channels
  • Fully compatible with SATA revision 1 & 2 hard drives (HDD), Solid State Drives (SSD) and optical drives (CD/DVD/BD)
  • Built-in RAID support (JBOD, BIG, 0, 1)
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  • Full length Mini PCI Express form factor
  • Support for large capacity SATA drives through a 48-bit LBA
  • Compliant with PCI Express Mini Card specification 1.2
  • Support for Legacy Command Queuing (LCQ) and Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
  • Plug-and-Play and hot-swap compatible
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Overview

The MPEXSATA22I 2-Port Mini PCIe to SATA Controller Card lets you add 2 SATA 3Gbps connectors to a small form factor or embedded system, through a Mini PCI Express (Mini Card) expansion slot.

Perfect for upgrading the capabilities of a system that would typically have a very limited number of internal ports, the Mini PCIe to SATA controller card is compatible with all types of Serial ATA devices, including hard drives (HDDs), Solid State Drives (SSD), and optical drives (CD/DVD/BD).

A versatile solution for internal storage applications, this PCI Express to SATA controller card features built-in RAID support (JBOD, BIG, RAID 0, RAID 1), and is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Maximizes space-efficiency by adding two independent SATA ports through Mini PCI Express, an ideal solution for embedded systems and very small form factor systems
  • 48-bit LBA support for large capacity hard drives and built-in RAID for either performance or redundancy
  • Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support

Applications

Add additional SATA ports to systems with mini PCI Express slots, such as some mini-ITX and smaller boards

Add RAID support to small form factor or embedded system builds

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type Mini PCI Express
Card Type Embedded
Chipset ID Silicon Image - SiI3132
Interface SATA
Ports 2
Performance
LBA support 48-bit
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 3.0 Gbps
Port Multiplier No
RAID Yes
Supported RAID Modes BIG (Spanning or Concatenation)
JBOD - (Just a Bunch of Disks)
RAID 0 (Striped Disks)
RAID 1 (Mirrored Disks)
Type and Rate SATA II (3 Gbps)
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - Mini PCI Express x1 (52 pin) Male
Internal Ports 2 - SATA (7 pin, Data) Plug
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

Note: The MPEXSATA22I does not support RAID when used in a Linux operating system
Special Notes / Requirements
Note The MPEXSATA22I does not support RAID when used in a Linux operating system
System and Cable Requirements Full length Mini PCI Express slot
Environmental
Operating Temperature 0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)
Storage Temperature -65°C to 150°C (-85°F to 302°F)
Physical Characteristics
Product Height 4 mm [0.2 in]
Product Length 50 mm [2 in]
Product Weight 7.8 g [0.3 oz]
Product Width 30 mm [1.2 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 131 g [4.6 oz]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - Mini PCIe SATA Card
2 - SATA cable - 50 cm
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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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

Note: The MPEXSATA22I does not support RAID when used in a Linux operating system

Certifications

Accessories

Product Support

Drivers & Downloads

Driver(s):
Manual(s):
Data Sheet(s)

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Note: Not all StarTech.com devices support each of the RAID modes described below. For more information on the RAID modes that your device supports, refer to the manual or the StarTech.com product page.

Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) is a virtual disk technology that combines multiple physical drives into one unit. RAID can create redundancy, improve performance, or do both.

RAID should not be considered a replacement for backing up your data. If critical data is going onto a RAID array, it should be backed up to another physical drive or logical set of drives.

The following are terms that are normally used in connection with RAID:

  • Striping: data is split between multiple disks.
  • Mirroring: data is mirrored between multiple disks.
  • Parity: also referred to as a checksum. Parity is a calculated value used to mathematically rebuild data.

Different RAID levels exist for different application requirements.

Refer to the following table for the list of RAID modes offered by some StarTech.com products:

RAID mode Description Operation Advantages Disadvantages Recovery
RAID 0 Striped disks Data is split evenly between two or more disks. Large size and the fastest speed. No redundancy. If one or more drives fails, this results in array failure.
RAID 1 Mirrored disks Two or more drives have identical data on them. A single drive failure will not result in data loss. Speed and size is limited by the slowest and smallest disk. Only one drive is needed for recovery.
RAID 3 Striped set with dedicated parity Data is split evenly between two or more disks, plus a dedicated drive for parity storage. High speeds for sequential read/write operations. Poor performance for multiple simultaneous instructions. A single drive failure will rebuild.
RAID 5 Striped disks with distributed parity Data is split evenly between three or more disks. Parity is split between disks. Large size, fast speed, and redundancy. The total array size is reduced by parity. A single drive failure will rebuild.
RAID 10 1+0; Striped set of Mirrored Subset Four or more drives are made into two mirrors that are striped. Larger size and higher speed than RAID-1, and more redundancy than RAID-0. No parity. Only one drive in a mirrored set can fail.
JBOD Just a Bunch Of Disks Any number of drives are accessed independently by the operating system. Software RAID modes can be used. Hardware RAID may have better performance. N/A
Big Spanning or Concatenation Data is written on one drive until it is full, and then the next drive(s) until it or they are full. Creates a very large and simple array.

No redundancy.

N/A
Clone RAID 1 + Spare

Two drives have identical data, plus one drive is used for rebuilding in case of a primary array failure.

Seamless operation when one drive fails in a RAID-1 array. Spare drive is not accessible to the user. Only one drive is needed for recovery.