External eSATA and internal SATA expansion card.
NOTE: This did not do port multiplication under Linux when I tested it back then. Perhaps it does now.
SATA 3.0 (6.0G bps)
- Backwards compatible with SATA 1 (1.5 Gbps)
- Backwards compatible with SATA 2 (3.0 Gbps)
- Port Multiplier FIS-based and Command-based switching supported
Supports RAID 0 and 1 modes
I bought a Thermaltake BlacX Duet ST0014U. It's an eSATA dual hdd docking station.
Unfortunately, although cheap-ass motherboard has eSATA 3 (before it's even out as a standard), it does not have port multiplication.
It works without issue. Except port multiplication doesn't work under Linux. It's advertised to though. I'd write newegg, but they don't care. Their review form still won't work under Firefox.
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88SE9123 PCIe SATA 6.0 Gb/s controller (rev 11) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
Looking up the chipset, I learn that this is a recalled chipset, and I got a crappy card.
So now I won't buy StarTech. =/
I bought a Thermaltake ST0026Z Max 5 Duo SATA HDD Rack.
After buying, I noticed that these have just one power button for the two devices. I wonder if the key for the 2.5" will also control its power. I doubt it.. it looks like the power button would be for both devices together -- sigh. I guess I have to get around to buying a separate mount for my SSD.
I preferred getting something with a power button rather than having to remove and re-insert the drive.
I also saw several clones with the same layout as this. One of the clones had heard of issues with the ejection mechanism, so I hope that's because of cheap manufacturing or parts and this version doesn't suffer from the same problem.