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


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    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:

    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

    Mar 6, 2009
  3. quiksilverz24 macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2010
    Yeah, it's called buy a Toshiba with the integrated eSATA/USB port and hack the computer to run snowleopard.
  4. thomanjones macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2006
    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:

    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


    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

    Jan 26, 2009
    lol i get 77MB/s on FW800

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