I also note that it is safest to remove the large USB-end first or to plug it in last, as the data lines connect last & disconnect first.
I note that there is likely more than one version of this hardware, not just color changes. They may vary based upon controller chip, possibly firmware instead.
User Manual: ZM-VE200 & 200 SE http://www.zalman.com/Eng/Contact/Downl … n_Proc.asp
I note from one site that it's an Oxford Storage Solutions (by PLX Technology) OXU931SF USB 2.0 to SATA II (1.5GHz) controller powered by an ARM7. There may be a sticker on it; don't void your warranty if you don't have to (just sayin').
The ZM-VE300 is a USB3.0 variant & comes with a backup utility (and definitely uses a different controller).
Product_Brief_OXU931SF_Apr09.pdf --> http://www.plxtech.com/download/file/788
I note that NCQ is not supported. Neither is Gen2m for eSATA (wudda???)
Product Comparison: http://www.plxtech.com/products/consumer/das
A Product Change Notification was issued 27Sep10 http://www.plxtech.com/products/consumer/oxu931sf
The OXU931DS version was EOL'ed the same day; it is the only one listed on the Product Comparison to allow it's SATA ports to be reconfigured for eSATA. (huh???) Product_Brief_OXU931DS_Apr09.pdf --> http://www.plxtech.com/download/file/792
Product Change Notification only available to members; Detailed Technical Specs, Schematics & a document titled 'Using High Capacity Disks' are available through NDA.
I love PLX's slogan:
Silicon without Software is Just Sand.
Short story long; there may be some SATA II compatibility issues (Samsung drives especially see SATA 1.5 Gbit/s and SATA 3 Gbit/s in the following link). This may be like a 'Pre-standard implementation' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esata#eSATA
Although ZalMan insists upon their site that:
2.5” SATA I/II HDDs are compatible.
Data Transfer Rate USB 480Mbps, eSATA 3Gbps
Last edited by TechDud (2011-12-16 20:14:21)