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4 Port SATA III / II / I Switch With KeyLock and LED 6Gbps Compatible

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SKU: SW-SATA2X4

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Regular Price: $129.98

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4 Port SATA 3 ( III ) / 2 ( II ) : Switch With KeyLock and LED 6Gbps Compatible

NOW SATA3 (6Gbps) Compliant PI3PCIE3412


Works with All Operating Systems Including Linux, ALL Windows Vista Version 32 and 64-Bit, ALL XP, 2000, 2003, MAC OS 10 Etc. SW-SATA2X4 1-to-4 SATA3 Switch 3.5-in Bay

INTRODUCTION:

The SW-SATA2X4 1-to-4 SATA3 Switch is designed to provide a high performance link between a single SATA3 host port and 4 SATA device ports. It connects the host upstream port to one of the 4 downstream SATA devices (one device at the same time).It is done by simply pressing the push button switch.

With its Power Switching circuits, the SW-SATA2X4 can switch the devices power according to the settings of the SATA3 signal switch. It only allowed the selected device to be powered and cut off the powers of the other unselected devices. This will reduce the power consumption and make sure those devices are true off line to prevent from any accidental erasing data by virus or application software. The SW-SATA2X4 provides a keylock switch to prevent from any unauthorized changing the settings. It helps home of school users to manage the devices easily.

The SW-SATA2X4 is designed for optimum performance and expandability and security. It is an ideal upgrade solution to support SATA I, II, and SATA III devices for the rapidly changing data to preserve user's investment in the SATA interface.



SATA Hard Drive Switch



Did you ever want to share your Home Computer system with your Kids and or other family members but did not want to give them access to your important data files, with this item you can do just that, install up to 4 SATA hard drives into your Home or Office Desktop Computer and now each of the drives can be accessed by different users without compromising data on the other drives. This switch lets you Key-Lock a specific Drive so that only that specific drive will be able to be used. Great Item for Test Benches and Multiple Operating System setups. Don't Let others damage your important Data by letting them have access to your drive, simply select your specific drive you wish to boot from and lock the system down.

SATA Switch



  • 1-to-4 SATA III Switch for Selecting among 4 Devices
  • Provides a SATA host to one of the 4 SATA Device Connectors
  • Built-in High Speed SATA III Signal Switch
  • Select the Drive Simply by a Push Button Switch
  • SATA3/2 Compliant at 1.5Gbps, 3.0Gbps and 6.0Gbps
  • Passes SATA Patterns Transparently
  • Switch Off Power of the Unused Drives to Save the Power Consumption and Put them Off-Line
  • Save the Current Settings by Built-in EEPROM
  • 3.5-inch Bay Form Factor, Easy to Fit in Normal PC Systems
  • Keylock to Prevent from Unauthorized Changing
  • Provides LEDs to Indicate the Active Drive
  • Transparent Installation, no Added Driver Required
    sata hard drive switch sata II drive selector

    SPECIFICATIONS



    Serial ATA Interface
  • 1 Upstream to 4 push-button-switchable downstream SATA III Ports
  • Save the Settings by the Built-in EEPROM.
  • Provides a Keylock Switch to Prevent from any Unauthorized Changing the Settings
  • The Power of the Unselected Device was cut off to Put it at the True Off-Line State
  • Supports Hot-Plug and Hot Swappable
  • Supports Serial ATA devices with up to 1.5Gb/s , 3.0Gb/s and 6Gb/s Transfer Rate
  • Standard 3.5-inch Bay Form Factor, Easy to Install for Most of the PCs Serial ATA Devices Supports any Serial ATA devices: Hard drives, Removable HDD, and more devices coming such as CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, Tape, IOMEGA, LS-120, DVD-ROM, PD, I/O Hardware
  • 1 Host and 4 Device 7-pin SATA Connectors
  • 1 Input and 4 Output Power Connectors OS Support Works with All Operating Systems! Depends on the Upstream Host Controller. It is transparent from the Operating Systems. Form Factor 3.43"x2.65"(8.71 x 6.73cm)

 sata hard drive switch
SKU SW-SATA2X4
UPC 729440691738
Manufacturer CoolGear

Customer Reviews

  1. Great product but I could be even greater. Review by Napoleon
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    Please put the LED lights farther apart. Please allow the user to choose the HD before pressing the ON/OFF button on the computer. Four buttons instead of one so we can press a button once instead of up to 4 times would be very good. I love the product. I bet many households avoids buying a second computer because they bought the switch. I bought 3 switches and like 2 years later they all work. (Posted on 7/13/2015)

  2. Here's how to attach the cables Review by SDH
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    I agree with other reviewers.... the manual needs to be redone. You cannot even see the pictures clearly enough to figure out what the intent is. So, here is how to hook up the cables, and the description is valid if you set the device down and look at it from the rear. If you do this then (1) to the far left is the power-out connectors for up to 4 drives. For those 4 the first set of two (against the far left edge) are for drive 2 against the rear edge, and then drive 1 in front of 2, towards the front. The next set of two is for drive 4 and 3, with the drive 4 connector being against the rear edge. Next, to the right, comes (2) a stacked set of two SATA data male connectors with the port for drive 1 on top and that for drive 2 beneath. Then, to the right of those, comes (3) a single male SATA data port for a single SATA cable to interface between the device and your motherboard. Then, to the right of that comes (4) another stacked set of two SATA data male connectors with the port for drive 3 on top, and that for drive 4 beneath. Finally, to the far right comes a single connector for power to come in from the workstation to feed the device and whichever ever single drive you have selected to be active. (Posted on 6/27/2015)

  3. Does what it's supposed to do. Review by Hard Drive Selector
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    If you want to have multiple isolated Hard Drives on your Computer this is what you need. You can have up to four drives and can select at boot which one you want to use. The others will remain powered off. This allows for multiple Operating Systems on your computer without any possibility of virus/malware "crossover" as can happen on dual boot systems. I gave four stars instead of 5 in "Quality" only because the instructions are unclear but it's not hard to figure out how to use this... (Posted on 1/13/2015)

  4. It was everything I expected. Review by Jim
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    A much better idea than setting up several operating systems on a mult-boot drive.
    Important during this time of Windows XP, 7, 8, and now 9 Beta. (Posted on 5/8/2014)

  5. 4 stars Review by Kjell
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    Your product works as expected. (Posted on 4/14/2014)

  6. Works, but there is room for improvement Review by Donald Duck
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    I love the product. It allows me to have 4 operating systems on one computer instead of having to buy 4 new computers. What I would improove in the future:
    1) Make the LEDs in 4 corners of the faceplate instead of so close together. My full tower computer is under my desk and I have to sit on the floor to see exactly which LED is on.
    2) Let me choose which HD I want to connect BEFORE I press the power on my computer. It would be safer to cold swich the HDs instead of hot switching them.
    3) The key and lock are probably expensive. Please make a less expensive version of the product without a lock.
    4)If I could select the HD with a knob when the computer is still off that would be very good. (Posted on 3/11/2014)

  7. Fair Review by George
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    The quality of the manual is very poor. It is unclear and hard to see what SATA ports are 1 and 2 or 3 and 4. (Posted on 3/8/2014)

  8. Quick Despatch Review by Qasim
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    Received Item within few days. Didn't installed yet, as I have bought it for my friend in Pakistan (Posted on 12/23/2013)

  9. Super Great Product Review by Bill D in Green Bay
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    I've wanted something like this for YEARS. Works exactly as I'd hoped. It's like I've got two computers in one case now. Thank you Cooldrives. Thank you so much.
    This needs to be on Amazon. (Posted on 8/30/2013)

  10. Working Im my pc very well Review by moonjong
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    i tested 4 port sata switcher in my pc.
    it works fine. (Posted on 7/3/2013)

  11. Ideal SATA Switch, RAID Switching, Alternatives, & My CoolDrives Experience Review by Bill T
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    This review is lengthy, but it partitioned into sections so that the reader can jump to the information of interest. I am taking the time to put together this lengthy write up in the interest of sharing the knowledge with regard to SATA Switching and to counter some reviews that I seen which I feel unfairly characterize CoolDrives.

    MY EXPERIENCE WITH COOLDRIVES
    My experience has with CoolDrives has been fantastic: fast and courteous technical assistance / customer service (Thank you, Caleb), unique product offerings (e.g., the SW-SATA2X4), and high-quality, reasonably-priced products. In addition to two of the SATA Switches, I purchased the “USB 3.0 / 2.0 to IDE/SATA adapter with Write-Protection” SS-127ASD product and some cables from them. Their products are well-packaged for the shipping environment, and their shipping is fast and affordable; one order was placed on Thursday night (PDT) and received the following Monday using their $3 flat rate shipping option.

    I had seen some negative reviews for CoolDrives, and as a result, I was a little skeptical. However:
    - Only CoolDrives had the products that I was looking for.
    - Many of the bad reviews were very old. Disgruntled people are more likely than satisfied customers to post a review. Consequently, I would expect to see a continuous stream of negative reviews if CoolDrives is really a disreputable company.
    - There were also positive reviews.

    I feel that the negative reviews not only do a disservice to CoolDrives, but they do a disservice to the consumer steering them away from a great company with great products. I must admit that CoolDrives’ electronic-only customer interaction is not the norm, but I can understand how a small company might take that approach to contain their overhead costs. However, their means of communication has worked just fine for my dealings with them.

    SATA SWITCH REVIW INTRODUCTION
    If you have a system with multiple SATA hard disks (any one of which you might need to boot from), the ideal solution (and the only elegant solution in my opinion) is to use the CoolDrives SATA Switch (SW-SATA2X4). In this review, I will clearly define why this is the superior approach for SATA switching and how it can be used for advanced switching requirements such as SATA RAID switching.

    BENEFITS OF THE COOLDRIVES SW-SATA2X4
    This device allows you to do the following:
    - Set the default drive that will automatically be used when starting the system. This can be “none” or any one of up to 4 drives. With input power supplied to the SW-SATA2X4 and the key switch unlocked, press and hold the button for 3 seconds to save the current setting as the default.
    - Override the default drive by simply pressing a switch during boot up. With the key switch unlocked, press and release the button to cycle through the options (1, 2, 3, 4, none).

    With the default set to “none” and the device locked, unauthorized use of the computer can be prevented. For a family computer with a “for parents only” hard drive and “for kids” hard drive, with the default set to the “for kids” hard drive and the device locked, unauthorized access to the “for parents only” hard drive can be prevented. With the key switch locked, inadvertent drive switching (e.g., a kid pushing the button) can be prevented.

    HOW TO REALIZE SIMULTANEOUS DUAL-PORT SWITCHING
    This defines how to easily construct a dual port switcher from two CoolDrives SATA Switches. Such a switch could be used to switch pairs of hard drives using only one key switch and only one push button; for a given pair, the drives could be members of a RAID or they could be independent volumes.

    Fabricate and use two Y adaptor cables, one for the connecting one key switch to both circuit boards and another for connecting one push button to both circuit boards. Disconnect the switches and buttons from the circuit boards, and install the Y adapter cables so that one key switch is connected to both circuit boards, and one push button is connected to both circuit boards. More detail can be provided upon request.

    The presence of jumpers on the circuit boards and “2x4” in the products name leaves me to wonder if a single SW-SATA2X4 can be configured as a simultaneous dual port switcher.

    ALTERNATIVES AND THEIR DISADVANTAGES
    Below are the alternatives (based on only one hard disk at a time being enabled), none of which provide the capabilities/benefits outlined above:
    1. Construct and install a selector switch to deliver power only to the desired drive. Use the switch to select the desired hard disk. NOTES: Each hard drive will be connected to a different SATA port, and all of those ports will be enabled in your BIOS. During boot up; the system should notify you that a drive(s) was not found and inform you of the key to press to ignore the issue and continue.
    2. When prompted during boot up, press the appropriate key to override the default boot sequence to select the drive from which you wish to boot. NOTE: Each hard drive will be connected to a different SATA port, and all of those ports will be enabled in your BIOS.
    3. When prompted during boot up, press the appropriate key to enter system/BIOS setup to ensure that only the port associated with the desired hard drive is enabled and to ensure that it is enabled in the boot sequence. NOTE: Each hard drive will be connected to a different SATA port, but only one of those ports will be enabled in the BIOS setup.

    Below are the disadvantages of each of each of the alternatives:
    Alternative 1 (Power Switcher):
    - Special key press required during boot up.
    - For simultaneous dual port switching (e.g., RAID switching), the switch would need Y adapters so that one switch position can deliver power to two hard drives.
    Alternative 2 (Boot Sequence Override):
    - Special key press required during boot up.
    - All drives are powered on (issues: power requirements, thermal issues, mechanical wear) when the computer is on.
    - All drives are available to the user, whether you want them to be or not.
    - For simultaneous dual port switching (e.g., RAID switching), the computer system may not allow more than one RAID; in that case, the only option for switching between two SATA RAIDs is the SW-SATA2X4.
    Alternative 3 (BIOS Setup):
    - Special key press required during boot up.
    - All drives are powered on when the computer is on even though only one is available (issues: power requirements, thermal issues, mechanical wear).
    - For simultaneous dual port switching (e.g., RAID switching), the computer system may not allow more than one RAID; in that case, the only option for switching between two SATA RAIDs is the SW-SATA2X4.
    - Changes to BIOS settings can be error prone. For non-RAID configurations, the consequences of such errors do no tend to be serious.
    (Posted on 6/20/2013)

  12. I normally don't do Reviews Review by Howard
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    I searched the web for hours and I only found 3 or 4 sites one was make your own switch and it just turned off the power. I compared prices for the other switch and this price is great. The installation was easy and it works great. I made an excellent choice and saved money too.

    I talked to Rene online and his info helped me make the decision also.

    If you'd like to keep your operating systems and disks completely separate without having to keep opening your case the sata hard drive switch does the work.
    Works very well,

    Windows 7 and 8 deletes all info off my storage drive during rebooting so I lost alot of old memories and data. So I wired another power hookup to the one that runs XP and now it turns off my storage drive too and I don't loose the info any more.

    Thank you so much.
    (Posted on 3/1/2013)

  13. THE FOUR PORT SWITCH WORK GOOD Review by GERRY
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    THE FOUR PORT SWITCH WORK GOOD NO PROBLEMS. (Posted on 12/12/2012)

  14. Excellent Hard Drive Switch Review by Jasper
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    I've compared prices of other hard drive selectors, and this one is cheaper and works great. The installation was easy and it works just as advertised. I made an excellent choice and saved money too. (Posted on 7/18/2012)

  15. switch all sata drives with ease Review by joe
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    Works very well, I do not have to open my case any more or go to bios to change a drive. I just select the drive I want when I power up, simple and quick. (Posted on 7/13/2012)

  16. Almost Perfect Review by John
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    Electronically, this is a very good product. Mechanically, I drilled out the mounting holes and used nutserts, as this is an industrial 4U computer that sees lots of vibration. My opinion is that trying to mount the unit by screwing into tiny plastic holes is asking for trouble down the road. Other than that, the quality is very good. My other wish list would be, say you are running on HD #1. You want to switch to #2. Press the selector, and the LED changes from steady #1 to blinking #2. The next power up would bring up #2, no 'saving' required. I also wish you would bring back the 2-port unit. (Posted on 6/2/2012)

  17. Sata Switch for all Drives Review by Dave K
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    SATA Switch

    If you'd like to keep your operating systems and disks completely separate without having to keep cracking open your case, sata hard drive switch might work for you.

    Why would you want to do this? By selectively offering power to only one of the drives you have hooked up, you recreate the effect of completely swapping out the hard drive. Instead of multiple partitions and boot loader applications, the computer just boots to whichever drive is powered as though it were the only drive with an operating system in the computer. If you want to or need to maintain completely independent disks, the simple switch makes it hassle free.


    (Posted on 9/27/2011)

  18. Sata switch for all SATA hard drives up to 3TB Review by Nate B
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    Not the prettiest thing in the world, but it sure does the job well

    I use two 2TB drives and 1 3tb drive inside an intel based system at sata 3gbps speeds (Posted on 9/27/2011)