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2 Port Flush Mount ExpressCard 54mm eSATA II Controller Adapter Card

Add 2 flush mounted eSATA ports to a laptop through an ExpressCard/54 slot

Product ID: ECESATA254F

  • Unique, flush-mount slim ExpressCard/54 (54mm) form factor design
  • Two independent eSATA channels
  • Fully compatible with SATA revision (SATA 150, SATA 300) hard drives (HDD), solid state drives (SSD) and optical drives
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  • Support for FIS-based Port Multiplier
  • Support for large capacity SATA drives through a 48-bit LBA
  • Support for Legacy Command Queuing (LCQ) and Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
  • PCI Express revision 1.0a compliant
  • Plug-and-Play and hot-swap compatible
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€ 43,19 EUR inc VAT
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Overview

The ECESATA254F Flush Mount 2-Port eSATA ExpressCard Adapter uses a unique slim 54mm form factor design that allows it to sit fully in a standard laptop ExpressCard/54 slot without sticking out. When installed, the ports sit flush with the sides of the laptop, creating a seamless add-on that can be left installed at all times, without fear that it or the card slot will be damaged due to snagging or impact.

The eSATA ExpressCard adapter features 2 independent eSATA ports, and is compatible with the latest high capacity SATA drives (SATA I, SATA II) with support for data transfer speeds up to 3 Gbps.

With support for Port Multiplier technology and hot-swap installation, the eSATA ExpressCard allows compatible multi-drive enclosures to be connected over a single eSATA cable, and devices can be connected and disconnected without having to reboot the system.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Unique 54mm flush mount design fits seamlessly into ExpressCard/54 slots, so it can be left installed without the worry of snagging or hitting the card
  • Port Multiplier and 48-bit LBA support means multi-drive enclosures and large capacity drives work as intended
  • Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support

Applications

Add high speed eSATA connectivity to a laptop that lacks built-in eSATA ports

Connect eSATA peripherals such as external hard drives and optical drives, at native SATA speeds

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type ExpressCard
Card Type 54mm ExpressCard
Chipset ID Silicon Image - SiI3132
Interface eSATA
Ports 2
Performance
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 3.0 Gbps
Port Multiplier Yes
RAID No
Type and Rate SATA II (3 Gbps)
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - ExpressCard (54mm)
External Ports 2 - eSATA (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
Special Notes / Requirements
System and Cable Requirements ExpressCard/54 slot
Power
Power Source Not Included (not required for standard applications)
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 5 mm [0.2 in]
Product Length 75 mm [3 in]
Product Weight 22.5 g [0.8 oz]
Product Width 54 mm [2.1 in]
Packaging Information
Package Quantity 1
Shipping (Package) Weight 88 g [3.1 oz]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - eSATA ExpressCard
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

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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.

Installation

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.

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. In the upper-left screen, 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.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command + R with the System Information page open.

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.

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.