Anyone seen a Mac PCMCIA SATA adapter?

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  1. firestarter macrumors 603

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    I've seen a few PCMCIA SATA adapters on sale for the PC - but I can't find one with Mac drivers.

    Anyone seen one out there?

    I'm running Photoshop on my PowerBook, and I think an external SATA drive would speed up its temp drive a lot more than firewire (I think Firewire is a bit slower with a longer latency).

    Thanks!
     
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    i know this sounds stupid, but there's external sata? :confused:
     
  4. firestarter thread starter macrumors 603

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    As they say 'you beauty'!!!

    Seems like these people are the manufacturers - I've emailed them to see if they can give me the name of anyone who retails them.

    Thanks simie!

    (And if anyone else has a suggestion, please let me know - this isn't exactly a done deal)
     
  5. firestarter thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yes. It's not a brilliant solution, as SATA leads have to be less than 40 inches, but it should be a whole load faster than Firewire 800 if you have a need for speed.
     
  6. bdrumis macrumors newbie

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    Convert firewire to usb

    What's your recommendation for converting a LaCie D2 external HD with firewire ports to a PC which doesn't have a firewire port? I tried a pcmcia card adaptor with a firewire port in it, but my LaCie doesn't power up when I plug the firewire cable into it. It powers up when I plug the firewire cable into my Mac, so I know it's working. It seems to me the LaCie D2 turns on & off using a signal sent thru the firewire cable. Any ideas?
     
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    Remember: PCCard bus = 33 MHz 32 bit. You will not get full SATA speeds out of it. So it may be academic whether SATA (150 MB / sec) or FW800 (133 MB/sec through an approx. 80 MB per second pipe) are different in effetive drive speed.

    The primary benefit of the PCMCIA adaptor (FW or SATA) is to get two external drives on separate controllers - putting 2 drives on one Firewire controller is a bottleneck.

    Thanks
    Trevor
     

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