PowerBook PC Card and USB 3.0

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  1. macrumors regular

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    So I am looking at getting an external hard drive for my PowerBook and I started thinking about USB 3. I looked around and saw that there is an ExpressCard that will connect with external USB 3 drives, however, being a PowerBook I'm limited to the PC Card Type I or II. So then I started looking for PC Card to ExpressCard adapters and did find a few.

    So the question is, can I run PC Card to ExpressCard to USB 3 and still reap the benefits of USB 3?
     
  2. MacHamster68, Nov 4, 2010
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    you can try , cant see a benefit of that , it would be cheaper and more cost effective to get a external firewire harddrive

    and with the pc card you are limited to the speed of CardBus while firwire offers you a 400mbit/s //800mb/s speed
    usb peaks at 480mb/s but never can keep that speed so the average is far less then the 400mbit/s of firewire
    http://www.cwol.com/firewire/firewire-vs-usb.htm

    so no i would simply buy a firewire drive it offers more speed then usb 2.0


    i make it easier to understand i could connect a usb2.0 drive to my iMac g3 's usb 1.1 port , it would work but i would still be limited to usb 1.1 speed so doesn't make sense does it ?
     
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    I believe your computer has FW800, which would likely be easier, cheaper and work just as fast for your computer
     
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    i'd think there's a good possibility of problems with a lack of driver support - so i'd definately confirm that before spending out
     
  5. MacHamster68, Nov 4, 2010
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    Id definitely go with a FW800 drive (Much better than USB 3.0 - I mean my system has 4 FW 800 ports, and I dont wish any of them had been replaced by USB3.0 as I dont see the point yet - no drivers really for Mac, and not even internal cards for the latest and greatest yet)
     
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    I would go with FW800. I'm pretty sure your PB should have one and the 800 mb/s transfer speed should be more than sufficient for an external drive.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah it has FW 400 and 800 ports, but I was hoping that I would be able to use the PC Card too.

    Thanks MacHamster68 for the analogy. I didn't know the speed of the PC Card so didn't know exactly how everything would work.
     
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    AFAIK No one makes a PCMCIA USB 3.0 card that will work with a Mac. The only options out there for Mac compatible USB 3.0 are PCI express and Express Card.


    NVM: Didn't see that you wanted to use an expresscard adapter. But either way, it's not really going to benefit you.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

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    If there is no point in using it to connect a USB 3 drive, what would be some other possible uses for the PC card slot?
     
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    I have seen some that are card readers for SD cards an such if your into that kind of stuff.
     
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    pc cards are out of fashion since you get everything as usb device and cheaper now
    but you could put in a compact flash drive for a bit extra storage "inside" to make use of the slot (dont know how big the biggest is you can get ,but i know you could get them up to 32Gb and they dont stick out ;)
     
  14. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh, that doesn't sound like a bad idea. I'll take a look around and see what's out there.
     

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