SeriTek™/2ME4-E

SeriTek™/2ME4-E
SeriTek /2ME4-E
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Four Port External Hot-Swap Serial ATA PCIe Host Adapter
With Port Multiplication
Macintosh User Manual
FirmTek, LLC
www.firmtek.com
Copyright
Copyright © 1999-2009 FirmTek, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this manual may be
reproduced, translated by any means, photocopied, or transmitted in any form without the prior
written permission of FirmTek.
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Apple, Macintosh, Mac OS, OS X, and the Mac logo are registered trademarks of Apple
Computer, Incorporated. The "Built for OS X" graphic is a registered trademark of Apple
Computer, Incorporated, and used under license. All other manufacturer product names
mentioned in this manual are for identification purposes only and are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective owners.
Changes
FirmTek reserves the right to make any changes to product design, specifications, or details
without notice. Actual product photos or screenshots may look different from those provided.
Notice
The material content of this manual is for informational purposes only. It is possible the content
of this manual may contain technical inaccuracies, typographical, or other errors. FirmTek
assumes no liability for any errors, omissions, or from the use of this manual that may result from
such errors, including, but not limited to loss of data or profits.
Before installing the SeriTek/2ME4-E or any other hardware or software, you are responsible for
backing up data contained on any storage devices. After hardware or software installation, you
are responsible for backing up data on any storage devices at frequent intervals. FirmTek, LLC is
not liable for any loss of data or damage to equipment resulting from the use of the
SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter.
External Shielded Serial ATA Cable
The SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter uses specially shielded external Serial ATA cables to ensure
integrity during data transfers. Please use caution and handle the cables carefully. Hold the
connector at the ends (not the cable itself) when inserting and removing the cable from the
SeriTek/2ME4-E and the external enclosure. To maintain peak performance keep the number of
cable insertions and removals to a minimum.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.
Introduction…………………………………………………………………. 1
II.
Installing the SeriTek/2ME4-E ....................................................................... 5
III.
Connecting External Enclosure(s)................................................................. 7
IV.
Using SeriTek/2ME4-E Hot-Swap Functionality ....................................... 14
V.
Troubleshooting ………………………………………………………… 16
VI.
Product Support............................................................................................. 17
VII.
Product Warranty and Disclaimers.............................................................. 18
VIII.
Regulatory Compliance Statements ........................................................... 19
I. Introduction
Welcome
Congratulations and thank you for purchasing the SeriTek/2ME4-E Serial ATA host adapter. This
product is another innovative solution made possible by the creative engineers at FirmTek.
About This Manual
This user manual was written with the assumption you are familiar with the Macintosh computer,
and are comfortable with opening its case. For further information, and to get acquainted with
your computer, please refer to your Macintosh user manual.
About Serial ATA Technology
An evolutionary replacement for Parallel ATA, Serial ATA (Advanced Technology Architecture)
provides an interface that allows computer users to connect additional hard disks and peripherals.
Serial ATA offers insulated cables that are thinner and longer with smaller 7-pin connectors which
results in easier installation and improved airflow, compared to wider and shorter Parallel ATA
cables. Improved airflow translates into a cooler operating environment for the Macintosh and
hard disks.
About the Port Multiplier Specification
Originally, Serial ATA adapters and enclosures supported a single drive connected to a single
port via a single cable. The maximum number of hard disks supported on a Serial ATA adapter
depended on the adapter's port count. The Serial ATA port multiplier specification allows multiple
hard disks to share a single port. The SeriTek/2ME4-E Serial ATA adapter features 4 port
multiplier enabled ports and supports up to 5 hard disks on each port for a total of 20 hard disks.
The SeriTek/2ME4-E supports traditional direct-connect enclosures with one drive per port such
as the SeriTek/2eEN4, and port multiplier enabled enclosures with up to 5 drives per port such as
the SeriTek/5PM. Port multiplier enabled enclosures such as the SeriTek/5PM include additional
internal circuitry, which allows the connection of multiple hard disks to a single SeriTek/2ME4-E
port.
About the SeriTek/2ME4-E Serial ATA Host Adapter
The SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter extends Serial ATA's 3.0 Gbit/sec performance to the outside
of the Macintosh computer chassis, enabling users with PCI-Express compatible Macintosh
computers to take advantage of external Serial ATA enclosures.
With four external port multiplier enabled Serial ATA ports and internal PCI-Express connectivity,
the SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter provides the high bandwidth necessary to meet the needs of
performance-hungry applications while offering hot-swap flexibility similar to that of Universal
Serial Bus (USB) and FireWire. The SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter provides the latest I-shaped
eSATA connectors.
Newer rectangular
eSATA I-shaped
connector
Original L-shaped
Serial ATA connector
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SeriTek/2ME4-E Package Contents
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SeriTek/2ME4-E Serial ATA host adaptor
CD-ROM Containing the Macintosh User Manual
SeriTek/2ME4-E Key Features and Benefits
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Four external ports with hot-swap capabilities
Serial ATA port multiplier support with FIS-Based Switching; connect up 20 drives using 5-bay port
multiplier enclosures such as the SeriTek/5PM
Boosts overall system performance with per-port data transfer rates of up to 300 MBytes/sec or 3.0
Gbits/sec
Compatible with all Apple Mac Pro and PowerMac G5 PCI-Express bus equipped Macintosh computers
High performance x4 PCI-Express interface
Native SATA II hard disk support: Backward compatible with SATA I, 1.5 Gbps hard disks
Supports Mac OS X version 10.4.x or later
User-upgradeable firmware
48-bit LBA support for drive sizes larger than 137GB
Includes 32 and 64-bit Snow Leopard support for Intel-based Mac Pro models
Provides performance and protection: native and third-party Mac OS X RAID support
Perfect for upgrading and expanding Macintosh computers by leveraging the power of PCI-Express
Host interface and external SATA connectivity
Bus master operation enhances multitasking during disk transfers and increases CPU efficiency: The
CPU is free to handle other tasks during data transfers between the PCI-Express Bus and system
memory
Data protection: Supports Mac OS X RAID, S.M.A.R.T.
Ideal for multimedia-intensive applications: audio/video capture and editing, and graphics
manipulation/publishing
Reduced setting on storage devices (no master/slave) means easier installation and replacement
Ideal for a variety of Macintosh applications: Desktop publishing, Audio/Video storage and editing, photo
storage and editing, servers, and gaming
Fully supports Apple native Mac OS X SATA implementation without SCSI emulation over SATA
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SeriTek/2ME4-E Specifications
Hardware
Requirements
Operating Systems
Supported
Bus Type
External
Connectors
Drive Types
Supported
Data Transfer
Rates
Drive Modes
Supported
Advanced Data
Features
Onboard Flash
ROM
Cables Supported
Warranty
Physical
Dimensions
Power
Requirements
Environmental
EMC Compliance
• PCI-Express based Macintosh with available PCIExpress expansion slot
• Mac OS X version 10.4.x or later
• PCI-Express x4 - Compatible with x8 and x16 slots
• 4-port external Serial ATA (SATA II) interface
supports up to 4 external hard disk enclosures with
eSATA type connectors
• SATA II hard disks, backward compatible with SATA
I, 1.5 Gbps hard disks
• Up to 300 MBytes/second or 3.0 Gbits/second burst
data transfer rate
• SATA II with or without Native Command Queuing
• Fully compliant with SATA II Phase 2.0 specification
• Port multiplier support: Run up to 20 drives with
SeriTek/5PM Port Multiplier enclosures
• Performs FIS-Based Switching with Port Multiplier
• Spread Spectrum Clocking (SSC)
• SATA II Device Hot Swap compliant
• Bus Mastering off-loads data I/O handling from CPU
• CRC error checking, for all bits transmitted
(command, data, and status), offers enhanced data
protection for high-speed Serial ATA drives
• Four independent data channels allows for separate
device timings
• Automatically identifies and configures drive types
• Allows easy upgrades to the latest firmware
• 7-pin shielded SATA cable, up to 2 meter in length
• One year limited parts & labor
• 3.6” (L) x .3” (W) x 4.1” (H) (not including bracket)
• 5V ± 5%
• Temperature:
Operating: +5°C to +55°C
Non-Operating: -25°C to +70°C
• Relative humidity:
Operating: 20% to 80%
Non-Operating: 15% to 90%
• EN55022/1998, EN55024/1998 (European
Community)
• FCC Part 15 Class B (US)
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SeriTek/2ME4-E System Requirements
Operating System
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Macintosh OS X version 10.4.x or later
Hardware Requirements
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PCI-Express based Macintosh with available PCI-Express expansion slot
External powered enclosure (with or without port multiplication support) equipped with
Serial ATA hard disk(s)
Materials Required
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Standard medium-sized Phillips screwdriver may be required if computer does not have a
PCI bracket with captive screws.
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II. Installing the SeriTek/2ME4-E
Caution:
Prior to installing the SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter and hard drive(s) or peripheral(s),
please make sure your data is backed up.
The SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter and your Macintosh contain sensitive components that
can be permanently damaged by Static Electric Discharge. Be sure you’re working in an
area free of static electricity to prevent them from being damaged. Use a wrist grounding
strap if you have one or regularly touch a metal part of the computer chassis such as the
power supply case or a port access cover to discharge any built-up static electricity from your
body. Make sure to handle the SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter by its bracket or around its
edges to avoid damage to the card by static electricity.
Introduction
This section describes the proper method of installing the SeriTek/2ME4-E.
SeriTek PCI-Express Host Adapter Installation:
1. Properly shut down your Macintosh and disconnect the AC power cord.
2. Open the side panel. On some models, the user may need to unscrew the captive
screws in the PCI bracket to access the PCI-Express slots. Please refer to your
Macintosh user manual for more information about gaining access to PCI-Express slots.
3. Choose an empty PCI-Express expansion slot where you will install the SeriTek/2ME4-E.
4. Remove the PCI slot screw or the PCI Bracket.
5. Remove the SeriTek/2ME4-E from its protective materials. Make sure to hold the card by
its bracket or around its edges to avoid touching components on the board that might be
damaged by static electricity.
6. Position the PCI-Express card bracket by facing it towards the rear of the computer.
Align the gold connectors of the SeriTek/2ME4-E over the PCI-Express slot and gently
press it into the PCI-Express slot until the card is firmly seated. If the card is properly
seated, the upper ear of the PCI-Express card bracket should line up with the top of the
PCI bracket mounting location.
7. Secure the card with the PCI screw or the PCI bracket (See Figure 1).
Caution: The SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter supports external cables that may be
plugged in to one of their external receptacles. If the SeriTek/2ME4-E is not properly
secured when a cable is inserted into one of the receptacles, it may become loose from the
PCI-Express slot and damage the computer.
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Figure 1: Inserting and securing the SeriTek/2ME4-E
8. Close your Macintosh computer case and re-attach the AC power cord.
Driver Install
The SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter is now installed. Once the FirmTek driver is installed and
the computer is restarted, the SeriTek/2ME4-E will be recognized by Mac OS X. To install
the SeriTek/2ME4-E driver please follow these steps.
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Double click on the SeriTek2ME4 installer
Insert the admin password
Click “OK”
Restart the Macintosh computer
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III. Connecting External Enclosure(s)
Introduction
This section describes how to connect external hard drive enclosures and provides
instructions for formatting the Serial ATA hard drive(s) using Apple’s Disk Utility. If you
decide to use a third party drive setup utility, please refer to the documentation provided with
the utility.
Connecting the SeriTek/2ME4-E to an External Enclosure
1. The SeriTek/2ME4-E is compatible with a wide range of external enclosures. However,
the enclosure must meet the following basic requirements:
• Adequate power to support the hard drives (dedicated power supply)
• 7-pin shielded receptacles compatible with FirmTek’s shielded Serial ATA cable
• Support for Serial ATA Version 1.0 and Serial ATA Version 2.0
• Enclosure must be able to support and mount the Serial ATA hard disks
2. Install hard disks into the external enclosure according to the instructions included with
the enclosure.
3. Attach one end of FirmTek’s shielded Serial ATA cable(s) to the Serial ATA receptacle(s)
on the SeriTek/2ME4-E and connect the other end(s) to the external enclosure. (eSATA
cables are not included with SeriTek/2ME4-E)
Note: FirmTek Serial ATA cables are specially designed to work with both PC and Macintosh
computers. Please use FirmTek external shielded Serial ATA cables with the SeriTek/2ME4-E.
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The original Serial ATA connectors have an L-shaped opening, see Figure 2A.
The newer eSATA connectors have a rectangular I-shaped opening, see Figure 2B
The SeriTek/2ME4-E uses the newer eSATA connectors, also known as I-shaped
connectors. Some hard disk enclosures require SATA cables that utilize an L-shaped
connector. For these types of enclosures, the cable required will have a rectangular I-shaped
eSATA connector on one end, and an L-shaped SATA connector on the other end.
Fig: 5A
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2A: Original
L-shaped SATA
connector
5B
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2B:
Newer
rectangular eSATA
I-shaped connector
Figure 2: Serial ATA Connector Types: Original L-shaped and newer eSATA I-shaped
Note: If the SeriTek/2ME4-E is being used with a hard disk enclosure that uses eSATA
connectors, eSATA cables with have rectangular I-shaped eSATA connectors on each end
will be required, like the two connectors shown below in Figure 3.
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Figure 3: Using SeriTek/2ME4-E with a drive enclosure that has I-shaped eSATA connectors; both cable
connectors will be identical.
Making the eSATA Connection
Caution: Be sure to connect the cable using the proper orientation to your
SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter and external enclosure. It should easily snap into place.
Please do not force the cable connector onto the host adapter or the SATA interface of the
enclosure.
Remember the male and female connectors must be of the same type for a proper fit:
L-shaped female to L-shaped male or eSATA female to eSATA male.
Cable connection problems?
• First verify that you are connecting the correct type of connectors to each other
• If your connectors still do not fit, rotate the cable and try again
1. Install the hard disk(s) in an enclosure. If your enclosure is powered on and the
Macintosh is running the hard disk(s) should appear in Disk Utility.
2. If all storage devices connected to the SeriTek/2ME4-E have valid system partitions the
hard disk volume(s) will be mounted on the desktop. An icon will be displayed on the
desktop for each valid Mac OS X partition attached to the SeriTek/2ME4-E.
3. If the storage device(s) have not been formatted for use with the Macintosh, a Disk
Insertion messages will appear on the desktop for each unconfigured storage device.
Select Initialize to configure your storage device, or Ignore if you wish to configure these
disks later (see Figure 4). Note: Various Mac operating systems with differing RAID
configurations may display slightly different messages.
Figure 4: Disk Insertion Window
Formatting Serial ATA Drives Using Macintosh OS X Version 10.5.x or Later
Turn on your Macintosh computer.
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1. Open Apple’s Disk Utility which is located in the Utilities folder of the Macintosh OS X
start-up volume.
To open this application:
a) Double click the Mac OS X startup volume
b) Double click the Applications folder
c) Double click the Utilities folder
d) Double click the Disk Utility icon (See Figures 5 and 6 for examples)
Figure 5: Locating Apple’s Disk Utility
Figure 6: Alternate method for locating Apple’s Disk Utility
2. Review the list of hard disks shown in Disk Utility (see Figure 7). Hard disks currently in
use should have a volume name below their listing. New, unformatted disks typically
have no volume name. Carefully select the hard disk you wish to format.
Figure 7: Example hard drive listing
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3. After carefully selecting the hard drive you wish to format, select the Erase tab in Apple’s
Disk Utility (see Figure 8).
Figure 8: Selecting the Erase tab in Apple’s Disk Utility
4. For Volume Format, the default choice is “Mac OS Extended (Journaled).”
5. In the Name field, users can type a name for the new hard disk.
6. Be sure to back up any data on the hard disk before clicking the Erase button to format
the hard drive.
7. Click the Erase button to format the hard drive.
8. Once the hard drive is initialized, it will be displayed as an icon on the Mac OS X desktop.
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Creating a RAID Volume
(Macintosh OS X version 10.5.x or Later)
Mac OS X 10.5.x or later Disk Utility RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Drives) options
allow the user to display several hard disks as a single volume (SPAN - concatenated),
provide data redundancy in case of a hard disk failure (RAID 1 - mirror), or increase
performance and volume size by striping multiple disks into a single volume (RAID 0 –
striped). Each method is described below.
Concatenated Disk Set - Apple Disk Utility can be used to create a concatenated disk set.
A Concatenated Disk Set also known as SPAN is not one of the numbered RAID levels. This
option simply combines two or more physical disks into a single virtual disk. No redundancy
is provided. A backup copy should be maintained of any important data on the Concatenated
Disk Set. As the name implies the disks are simply grouped together. Data is written to the
first disk in the group until it is full and then it is written to the second disk, third disk and so
on. If a hard disk fails only the data on that particular hard disk is lost. No additional
performance is gained with the use of a Concatenated Disk Set. Concatenation is typically
used to create a single large volume from several odd sized hard disks. Unlike RAID 0 or
RAID 1, a Concatenated Disk Set does not require that the member hard disks be the same
size to optimize the volume size of the virtual disk.
Mirrored RAID Set - Apple Disk Utility can be used to create a mirror. This is also known as
a RAID 1 configuration. The hard disks should be the same size and model for optimal
performance. Data written to a mirror volume is archived onto two separate duplicate hard
disks. The mirror configuration provides redundancy that will usually protect data should a
single hard disk fail. A mirror cannot protect against the user accidentally trashing an
important file. In addition, if the mirror hard disk directory becomes corrupted the corruption
will be copied to all hard disks in the mirror configuration. As a result, a backup copy should
be maintained of any important data on the mirror. RAID 1 mirror performance equals the
performance of the slowest hard disk in the mirror set. The RAID 1 mirror volume size equals
the size of the smallest member disk. All data on hard disks used to create a new Disk Utility
based mirror will be destroyed when the mirror is created.
Striped RAID Set - Apple Disk Utility can also be used to create a stripped RAID set. This is
also known as a RAID 0 configuration. The hard disks should be the same size and model
for optimal performance. Data is spread (striped) equally across multiple hard disks for
increased performance. A stripped RAID set provides no data redundancy. As a result,
should one hard disk fail all data stored on the RAID 0 volume is lost. While a stripped RAID
set provides excellent performance, a back up is required to protect important data. RAID 0
direct connect performance usually equals the performance of the slowest hard disk in the
RAID 0 x the number of hard disks used. The RAID 0 volume size equals the size of the
smallest member disk x the number of disks in the RAID 0. All data on all hard disks used to
create a striped RAID set will be destroyed when the RAID 0 is created with Disk Utility.
Step by step instructions
1. Turn on your computer.
2. Open Apple’s Disk Utility which is located in the Utilities folder of the Mac OS X start-up
volume.
To open this application:
a) Double click the Mac OS X startup volume
b) Double click the Applications folder
c) Double click the Utilities folder
d) Double click the Disk Utility icon (See Figures 5 and 6 for examples)
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3. Review the list of hard disks show within Disk Utility (see Figure 7). Hard drives currently
in use should have a list of volume names below them. New, unformatted drives typically
have no volume names listed.
4. Select the RAID tab in Apple’s Disk Utility (see Figure 9)
Figure 9: Selecting the RAID tab in Apple’s Disk Utility
5. Carefully select and drag a hard drive to add it as a member of the new RAID volume in
the Disk Utility status window (Figure 10).
Figure 10: Example drives and options for a RAID volume;
Drag and Drop Drives into the RAID Set Window
6. Repeat step 5 for each member for the RAID volume.
7. Choose a RAID Scheme: Stripe or Mirror.
8. Name the new RAID volume.
9. For Volume Format, the default choice is “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)”. Note: For Mac
OS X 10.5.x and later users can select the RAID block size. For best performance push
the option button and select a RAID block size of 64K or 128K (Figure 11).
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Figure 11: Selecting a RAID Block Size
10. After reviewing the options selected, click on the Create button to initialize the new RAID
volume (see Figure 12).
Figure 12: Creating a new RAID volume
11. After the RAID volume is successfully initialized, it should appear on the desktop.
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IV. Using SeriTek/2ME4-E Hot-Swap Functionality
Introduction
The SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter provides advanced hot-swap functionality that includes
flexibility similar to that of Universal Serial Bus (USB) and FireWire. The user simply
dismounts the hard disk from the desktop and then removes the hard disk from the FirmTek
SeriTek/5PM, SeriTek/2eEN4 or SeriTek/2EN2 enclosure. To mount a hard disk, simply
insert the hard disk into the FirmTek enclosure. The easy to use, hot swap tray system
provided with FirmTek enclosures provides the optimal compatibility with the SeriTek/2ME4E.
Hot-Swap Guidelines
• Do not disconnect or remove hard drives while transferring data.
• Save your work and close associated applications before removing the external hard drive
(applications need to be closed since they may keep temporary working files open on the
external hard drive).
• Always unmount the volumes (eject or drag the volumes to trash) associated with an
external hard drive before removing it.
• Remove or power down every drive associated with a particular RAID volume before
reintroducing them to the system. For example, do not remove just two drives of a four
drive RAID volume and reinsert them. All four drives must be removed and then
reinserted.
• As a general rule, power down the external hard drives after powering down the Macintosh
computer. Power on the external enclosure before powering on the Macintosh computer.
• If a hard disk attached to the SeriTek/2ME4-E is used as a boot disk for a PowerMac G5
PCI-Express model, hot swap is not available. The Apple System Preferences: Startup
Disk setting is used to select a PPC boot disk. To reactivate the hot swap feature, please
boot from an internal hard disk. The SeriTek/2ME4-E cannot be used to boot an Intel
based Apple Mac Pro computer.
Hot-Swap Procedure
Connecting External Hard Drive(s)
If your Macintosh computer is not yet powered on, power on the external enclosure then
power on the computer. If the Macintosh computer is already powered on, users can connect
the external hard drive(s) without powering down the computer first.
Removing External Hard Drive(s)
Caution: To prevent loss of data, save your work and close associated applications
before removing the external hard drive (applications need to be closed since they may
keep temporary working files open on the external hard drive). Always unmount the volumes
(eject or drag the volumes to trash) associated with an external hard drive before removing it.
Eject or drag all of the volumes associated with the hard drive(s) before disconnecting or
removing them.
Improperly Removing External Hard Drive(s)
If you do not properly unmount volumes before removing the associated hard drive(s), a
“Device Removal” dialog box will appear (See Figure 13). This dialog box shows up as a
reminder to unmount volumes properly before disconnecting or removing external hard
drives. Failure to properly unmount volumes before disconnecting external hard drives may
result in lost data.
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Figure 13: Improperly removing External Hard Drive(s)
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V. Troubleshooting
• The SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter does not seem to be recognized
Check the SeriTek/2ME4-E adapter by ensuring it is properly seated in the PCI-Express
slot on the Macintosh motherboard. Verify that the SeriTek/2SM2-E driver is installed.
• My hard disk won’t work
Check cables and connections. Ensure the 7-pin Serial ATA cable is properly oriented to
the connectors on the SeriTek/2ME4-E host adapter and the external enclosure. Ensure
the hard drives in the enclosure are properly powered.
Apple System Profiler under Mac OS X
1. Open the Apple System Profiler by clicking opening the Finder, opening Applications,
opening the Utilities folder, and double clicking on Apple System Profiler.
2. Select PCI Cards (Figure 14).
Figure 14: SeriTek/2ME4-E Listed Under PCI Cards
3. Under PCI Cards section, SeriTek/2ME4-E should show up as an “ata” card type.
4. If SeriTek/2ME4-E is not listed, shut down the computer and try re-seating the card in the
PCI-Express slot by removing and reinserting it. Repeat steps 1 through 3. If the
SeriTek/2ME4-E still doesn’t show up in the Apple System Profiler, try moving it to
another PCI-Express slot.
5. If the SeriTek/2ME4-E is listed, but the Apple System Profiler indicates that no driver is
installed, please install the SeriTek/2ME4-E driver found on the FirmTek CD or
www.firmtek.com.
• The transfer rate on my Macintosh seems less than the Serial ATA specified
maximum of 300 Mbytes/sec.
The 300 Megabyte/Sec speed is the theoretical limit that is higher than the speed limit of a
single 3.5” SATA hard disk.
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• Does the SeriTek/2ME4-E work with all Macintosh computers?
No, SeriTek/2ME4-E only works with Macintosh computers with at least one PCI-Express
slot available. If your system lacks PCI-Express slots you cannot use the SeriTek/2ME4-E.
• My older Parallel ATA hard drives and peripherals have jumper settings.
However I can’t find jumper settings on my new Serial ATA hard drive or
peripheral. How can I set it to Master or Slave; is there any way to set the
SCSI ID?
Serial ATA hard drives and peripherals are internally configured as Master drives. There is
no need to change settings on either the drive or the controller.
• I have an old Parallel ATA drive which I am trying to use with a Parallel ATA to
Serial ATA converter, but it doesn’t seem to work.
Some older Parallel ATA drives do not comply with current ATA standards. Parallel ATA to
Serial ATA converters cannot recognize such drives.
VI. Product Support
Technical Support
For additional information on how to use SeriTek/2ME4-E, download the latest firmware updates,
or for technical assistance, please visit us at www.firmtek.com, or email us at
support@firmtek.com.
Please provide the following information when contacting us:
• Product model and serial number
• Firmware version (You may use the Apple System Profiler as described in the
troubleshooting section to determine the firmware version. Look for ROM # and Revision #)
• Macintosh model
• Macintosh OS type and version (example: Mac OS X, version 10.5.8)
• Hardware and software installed on your system
• Contact information including daytime telephone number and email address
• A detailed description of the question or problem
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Return Merchandise Authorization
If FirmTek technical support determines the product needs to be repaired or replaced, a Return
Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number and shipping address will be provided. Please pack
the SeriTek/2ME4-E in the original shipping container along with all of the original packaging including the static bag, all hardware, software, cables, and other accessories that came with the
original product. You are responsible for shipping and insurance costs, and any damage incurred
due to improper packaging or transport.
FirmTek reserves the right to determine whether the product will be repaired or replaced with new
or refurbished parts, or with a new or refurbished product. Standard United States return
shipping charges will be paid by FirmTek. Foreign and other shipping methods such as express
shipping are available for an additional charge.
Write the RMA number on the outside of the shipping container, and include the following
information with the shipment:
• A description of the problem
• A copy of the original purchase invoice
• Return shipping address
• Contact information including daytime telephone number and email address
FirmTek, LLC reserves the right to refuse shipments missing a valid RMA number.
VII. Product Warranty and Disclaimers
FirmTek warrants to the original buyer only that this product shall be free from defects in material
and workmanship for a period of one year from the original date of purchase. This warranty is
valid only when the original purchase invoice is provided. This warranty shall not apply to any
defects resulting from improper handling, misuse, misapplication, abuse, or unauthorized
modification(s) which are performed by end user.
FirmTek, LLC reserves the right to make changes to any products described in this manual at any
time without notice. FirmTek, LLC assumes no responsibility for the use or reliability of hardware
or software that is not supplied by FirmTek, LLC or its affiliated companies. FirmTek, LLC does
not assume any responsibility or liability arising out of the application or use of any product
described in this document, except as expressly agreed to in writing by FirmTek, LLC; nor does
the purchase or use of a product from FirmTek, LLC convey a license under any patent rights,
copyrights, trademark rights, or any other intellectual property rights of FirmTek, LLC or third
parties.
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VIII. Regulatory Compliance Statements
Federal Communications Commission Radio Frequency Interference Statement
WARNING: Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to
Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy, and if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. However, if this equipment does cause interference to radio or television equipment
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to
correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
• Use a shielded and properly grounded I/O cable and power cable to ensure compliance of this unit to the
specified limits of the rules.
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1)
this device may not cause harmful interference and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
CE European Union Compliance Statement
EMC compliance:
Emissions:
EN55022: 1998, Class B
Immunity:
EN55024: 1998
EN61000-4-2: 1995+A1: 1998
EN61000-4-3: 1995+A1: 1998
EN61000-4-4: 1995
EN61000-4-6: 1996
EN61000-4-8: 1993
SeriTek/2ME4-E TSLKC2KI0915
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