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 Post subject: Re: New DeepSpar USB Stabilizer
PostPosted: October 10th, 2020, 14:13 
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Or can the stabilizer achieve the same control with basic adapters?

Yes. Stabilizer doesn't do all that AFAIU (disabling bad PCIe lanes etc. - I think this refers to DDI PCIe SSD Add-on)

The web site seems to imply that there is something special about the "set of adapters" that Deepspar offers as an optional extra.

http://www.deepspar.com/usb-stabilizer.html

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Works with any non-proprietary USB storage, including devices converted to USB through an adapter. With basic adapters it can be used with almost any type of storage device, including SATA drives and the newest AHCI/NVMe PCIe SSDs.

The implication seems to be that Deepspar's adapter are "not basic". Do users really need to purchase these adapters to get maximum benefit out of this tool?

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 Post subject: Re: New DeepSpar USB Stabilizer
PostPosted: October 10th, 2020, 16:41 
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Depends how you read that line .. ;)

With basic adapters it can be used with almost any type of storage device, including SATA drives and the newest AHCI/NVMe PCIe SSDs.

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 Post subject: Re: New DeepSpar USB Stabilizer
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I'm still curious as to why one would need Win 10 x64. Does the stabilizer call home to Deepspar every time you use it? If it enumerates as a standard USB mass storage device, then I should be able to use it on an old DOS machine with UASP drivers. So what gives?

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 Post subject: Re: New DeepSpar USB Stabilizer
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I'm still curious as to why one would need Win 10 x64.


Because it comes with 64 bit software perhaps?

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Does the stabilizer call home to Deepspar every time you use it?


I haven't checked but it works fine without internet access.

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If it enumerates as a standard USB mass storage device


Out of the box it presents itself as a small drive, maybe you could get this far in DOS, I dunno. You need to install driver to get the system to see drives you plug into the stabilizer. You control settings using 64 bit software.

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 Post subject: Re: New DeepSpar USB Stabilizer
PostPosted: October 10th, 2020, 18:17 
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Arch Stanton wrote:
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I'm still curious as to why one would need Win 10 x64.


Because it comes with 64 bit software perhaps?

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Does the stabilizer call home to Deepspar every time you use it?


I haven't checked but it works fine without internet access.

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If it enumerates as a standard USB mass storage device


Out of the box it presents itself as a small drive, maybe you could get this far in DOS, I dunno. You need to install driver to get the system to see drives you plug into the stabilizer. You control settings using 64 bit software.

Maybe this is one of those devices that needs its firmware ("driver") to be downloaded via USB every time it starts up? Cypress has an EZ-USB product that works this way.

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