Anyone have an eSata express card that works in Snow Leopard that ISNT $100+?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chrono1081, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. chrono1081 macrumors 604

    chrono1081

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    Hi guys.

    I was just wondering if anyone has found an eSata express card for laptops that is snow leopard compatible that isn't super expensive.

    I was recommended this one:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/EXP34SATA2P1/

    However it does not work. (It may be a bad card but I have no way to figure that out since I have no other macs).

    My rosewill cards don't work either because they have the Sil3132 or whatever they are drivers.

    I know Sonnets cards work but they are $150+

    Does anyone have one that they know works?
     
  2. Mufasa804 macrumors regular

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  3. quiksilverz24 macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, it's called buy a Toshiba with the integrated eSATA/USB port and hack the computer to run snowleopard.
     
  4. thomanjones macrumors regular

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    I picked up a card from ebay for 12$, only been using it for a few hours now, but it's blazing fast and rock solid stability so far.

    Link to ebay auction: http://bit.ly/bsuEgz

    Product name: New AKE ExpressCard Express To SATA eSATA Card BC338

    My Specs:
    OSX 10.6.2
    15" MBP4,1
    C2D 2.5GHz

    File transfer test (not scientific, just for my curiosity):

    2.4GB .cdr image of Win7 Pro copied from External 7200 RPM drive to local HDD. According to iStat Menus, this is the top speed of each:

    25.91 MB/s over USB
    62.35 MB/s over eSATA

    :D

    Warning though - there is another thread somewhere around MR where people reported serious issues with this expresscard, but so far it's been daisies and kittens for me.
     
  5. Lokrado macrumors regular

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    lol i get 77MB/s on FW800
     

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