Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Despite having a variety of systems with eSATA ports at my disposal, I was unpleasantly surprised to discovered that almost none of them had port multiplier capability inbuilt. My 3 year old ProBox has been running flawlessly since – I’m just about to order a second one along with another Mediasonic card. However, for ease, you can use folder mounts, so you can easily access the drives:

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Mediasonic Probox 8-bay 3.5″ USB 3.0 / eSATA DAS Review

Register a new account. Posted March 30, In my initial testing, the port multiplier feature didn’t work, but reinstalling the Marvell Magni driver after setting the eSATA port to be in AHCI mode resolved that issue to some extent.

Thanks for sharing your experience. The latter case needs a port multiplier aware SATA host controller on the PC side if more than one drive bay is being used.

Mediasonic Probox 8-bay ” USB / eSATA DAS Review

OCZ provided us with some Vertex 4 64GB units for our NAS testbed about which Esaata will be writing soonand I took the opportunity to sneak in eight of them for evaluating the Probox before embarking on that build. The Probox just arrived. You must log in or register to reply here.


Posted March 28, Even though the current card is meduasonic now you won’t be sorry with the Mediasonic card. It’s amazing how simple it is to setup the second unit. My 3 year old ProBox has been running flawlessly since – I’m just about to order a second one along with another Mediasonic card.

As for the drive letters, bah! I’ve been running smooth since Jan of when I replaced the card.

I have my two boxes running off of the same card. I’m actually looking for a second probox to add to my system now. Posted July 30, Do you hook an esata up to it and it has 4 more sata connections? And physical labels are a good idea too. I’m mddiasonic for the probox to drop in price so I can add a second one to the card. I’m a bit inebriated at the moment.

Hardware report, Mediasonic 4 bay esata with esata card (port multiplier)

And that way gets you a lot more possibilities. Under this use the Probox has been disappearing several times a day. I just updated my Rosewill RC 64 bit driver to As 8TB drives work have one so far I will be able to add 64 TB more without swapping out existing drives.


I find the drives run cooler in the ProBox have the fan set to stay on the middle speed than in drive docks. Now the nice part was that all I had to do was reboot and the volume showed right back up again.

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Joined Aug 16, Messages 9, Thanks 3, There were no such issues with USB 3. So for the price, for a home system where being offline for a short while is no big deal, the setup works great.

Posted August 1, Joined Mar 25, Messages 19, Thanks 1, I tried different cards and was having a number of issues similar to yours where the box would drop off under heavy load. If blinky lights are your concern, look at these: For medissonic better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding.