PCI Express to ExpressCard 34|54 Slot Drive Read-Writer PC/Mac

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PCIe to ExpressCard More Like This Synchrotech's PCIe to ExpressCard 54 reader enables PCIe based desktop computers to utilize ExpressCard applications. The cross-platform reader accepts both ExpressCard 34 and 54 cards, and is completely transparent to any card inserted. Plug the included USB cable into an available port (preferably internal header type), plug the reader into an open PCIe slot, and installation is complete! The device itself requires no drivers. The PCIe 1X configuration allows for the full 250MB/s (megabytes) throughput for PCIe based ExpressCards, while the USB 2.0 configuration allows USB 2.0 ExpressCards to operate at their 480Mb/s (megabits) speed. A great way to share devices between modern laptops and desktops, the PCIe to ExpressCard 54 reader is an smart addition for desktop machines.

Part Number and Description Price Add to Cart
EXP54-CR-PCEIR1-2 PCI Express to ExpressCard 34|54 Drive Read-Writer PC/Mac
Many motherboard/operating system combinations don't accomodate PCIe hot swap for this device

Features and Specifications

Win32 x86Unix MacOSX

CE Mark


Vista Ready

Seven Ready

Eight Ready

  • Easy Installation, Plug and Play
  • Accepts both 54 and 34 ExpressCard modules
  • Push-Push mechanism for easy insertion of Express Card
  • Better Mini USB 2.0 connector to USB Host connection
Warranty Information
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
System Requirements PC
  • One PCI Express (PCIe 1X) slot
  • One free USB 2.0 port (preferably internal header type)
  • Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista/7/8
  • Unsupported, but known to work with other operating systems supporting PCIe and USB 2.0, including Linux
System Requirements Mac
  • One PCI Express (PCIe 1X) slot (currently unable to hot-swap ExpressCards with Mac OS X, reboot required between insertions)
  • Use of USB 2.0 cards with reader requires replacement of removable cable with standard A to mini-B cable that needs to run outside case to USB port in back of Mac Tower (Late G5s/Mac Pro)
  • Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later
  • Synchrotech is working to resolve all Mac related issues
Package Includes
  • PCI Express to ExpressCard Drive Read-Writer
  • USB mini-b to internal header type cable (removable for replacement with standard A to mini-B cables)
  • User guide documentation
Standards Compliance
  • PCI Express
  • ExpressCard
Physical Dimensions
  • 90 x 69 x 12mm
Operating Environment
  • Operating temperature: 0° C to 60° C
  • Storage temperature: -20° C to 80° C
  • Relative Humidity: 0% to 90% non-condensing


W3 Document Hot swapping PCIe based ExpressCards with PCIe to ExpressCard Drives
Information about Sony/Sandisk's SxS Pro and other PCIe based ExpressCards
W3 Document Can I 'rescan' the PCI expansion slots?
More information about hot swapping capabilities ExpressCards under various operating systems
W3 Document ExpressCard FAQ for ExpressCard 34 and ExpressCard 54
Answers a broad range of ExpressCard questions including form factor, compatibility, etc.
W3 Document Firmware Support for PCI Express Hot-Plug and Windows
Microsoft document on PCIe hot-plug
W3 Document SxS PRO Device Drivers
Information about Sony/Sandisk's SxS Pro ExpressCards

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