Recommendations for a USB 3.0 PCIe card for SBS2003 server?

Posted on 2012-08-10
Last Modified: 2012-08-21
Hello all,

I'm looking to speed up our backups of the a Windows SBS 2003.  We use USB 2.0 hard drives at the moment, but our data has grown and I'd like to get the backups done faster.

I've searched and there are a gazillion cards available, most from companies that I've never heard.  Anyone have a card they recommend?

Server is a Dell PowerEdge 2900.
PCI of whatever x - slots available.
Windows Small Business Server R2

Question by:nieblertech
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    go e-sata. smart-tech cards are the bomb!
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    I have one in a nearby SBS 2003 server, and it calls itself a Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Host Controller in the device manager. It's been in the server for over a year now, and there have been no issues with it.

    I suspect that the Renesas Electronics refers to the actual controller chip rather than whatever was printed on the long-gone packaging it came in. It's a PCIe card, x1 by the look of it. It certainly improved data transfer speeds, though not by as much as I had hoped for, but it wasn't expensive...

    I'm not sure that Windows 2003 Server supports e-SATA consistently - it depends as much on the chipset hardware as it does on software support. You would need to confirm this with Dell, and they are probably going to be a bit cagey about it, as both the server and its OS are far from current...
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