External Lacie SATA harddrive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JDN, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. JDN macrumors 6502a

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    So, it's one of the new eSATA drives, with a 'special' eSATA connection to get the stated 3Gbits/sec transfer rate. I'm not sure if the MBP has this type of connector, or if you might need an adaptor to go in the ExpressCard slot. Lemme have a look.
     
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    Ive been looking at the 500Gb version. The SATA drive is CHEAPER than the USB2.0/FW400/800 equivalent. Id buy it even if i had to use an adaptor and didnt get full speed. It must be quite future proof??
     
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    I don't see a way to make it work at present. There are no eSATA -> FW/USB cables that I can find. If an ExpressCard comes available, you may be able to use it. I think that FW will be quite future proof, at least as much as anything else is. The eSATA drives are compatible with MacPros and PowerMacs, as one can buy PCI eSATA cards.

    Edit: I found this adaptor: http://www.addonics.com/products/io/aau2esa.asp

    Maybe it would work for you.
     
  5. MGLXP macrumors regular

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    I have an External eSATA SATA II Hard Drive and I connect it to my Macbook Pro using a FirmTek SeriTek/2SM2-E (Expresscard/34 eSATA adapter) to get full SATA II speeds without loss of performance. Anything that converts eSATA to FW or USB would be a waste of money since you aren't getting the full performance of the hard drive.
     
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    I also have the FirmTek 2SM2-E, connected to their dual bay 2EN2 enclosure. really is fantastic! they have amazing customer service too. I had a setup question, emailed them, and got a phone call 30 minutes later. I had more questions, and i'm now having a great chat with their lead firmware specialist.
     

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