Calling all MBP express 34 users!

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  1. Habitus macrumors 6502a

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    All,

    I'm curious to see how all you use your express 34 slot in your MBP? Does anyone use it on a daily basis?

    Habitus :apple:
     
  2. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    It's how i connect my external HDD with esata.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    I've never used it, and based on the issues that people have with a esata express card, I probably will never use it
     
  4. cube macrumors G5

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    The Sonnet Pro seems to be working well now.

    But I want a card that is bootable, and that can be also used with Bootcamp, virtualization, just in case.
     
  5. cube macrumors G5

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    Because of the above, I was thinking to get a FW400 card, to free up the FW800, increased compatibility and also have current on FW400.

    But I think I'll wait a bit for a Mac-compatible USB 3.0+FW400 card.
     
  6. yoak macrumors 65816

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    I use it all the time to capture HD footage from my camera that records to express cards. A Sony xdcam EX-3 HD camera. It's 8 times faster than hooking my camera up with a USB cable. Life saver on location. I'm devastated that they removed it. The 17" is just too big to drag a long
     
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  8. Mr.Gadget macrumors 6502

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    I use mine daily for e-SATA access to an external HDD.
    It is a VERY touchy connection. I cannot move my laptop while connected or it will hard-lock my MBP and require a power button reboot.
    If I don't mess with it, it runs very fast and well. Honestly though, if there is any danger of losing important work, I would avoid the e-SATA express cards (at least on my 2006 17" MBP).
     
  9. amorcito macrumors regular

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    What brand esata card do you have, anyone you care to recommend? Any issues? Thanks!
     
  10. Attonine macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 3G modem that is express34. Used it as my main connection until about 2 months ago. Now have a nice, fast DSL connection!.
     
  11. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    That is what I use it for. The ExpressCard modems were very reasonably priced so I bought one unlocked for about $30.
     
  12. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Multi card reader. Sits flush. Still don't know why they went backwards and just put a SD card in there.
     
  13. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    Used to use an eSATA card.

    Worked perfectly apart from being a MASSIVE pain in the rear.

    Have a Mac Pro now for all my storage needs so therefore its redundant.

    Did get 80Mb/sec sustained with this setup tho:

    1Tb --> eSATA --> MBP --> Gigabit --> Mac Pro --> Internal 1Tb.

    Copied 500Gb in 100 Mins(ish) was very impressed!
     
  14. ECJ macrumors 6502

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    I recently installed the Filemate 48GB Express Card as my boot volume, on my Unibody 17" MBP. I love it. It's the perfect mate for my internal 500GB 5400rpm drive. Wonder why I never did this sooner.
     
  15. cderalow macrumors 6502

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    7 in 1 card reader most of the time.

    i used sd cards in lieu of usb drives to transfer files between my work pc and my personal laptop.
     
  16. Habitus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a reason why? I'm some what of a novice when it comes to transfer rates. Is SD faster?

    Habitus :apple:
     
  17. amorcito macrumors regular

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    Where did you purchase, and did it include an extended warranty? I would love to purchase for my MBP that's on its way, but I read on the forums of one using having to exchange after a few months via the manufacture. I want something to last awhile for that price.

    Can anyone here, who has an express card, and uses estata, recommend a good manufacture/model for an esata card? Thanks!
     
  18. waffles123 macrumors regular

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    When USB 3.0 does come out, will there be such a thing as a usb 3.0 card that one can put in the express card slot? Will it fit? Is that even possible?

    Second, @Kelen, can you point me to a link of your multicard reader that you use? Thanks.
     
  19. amorcito macrumors regular

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    Yes, Seagate makes one called the BlackArmor. It comes with a 500gb external drive, and a 3.0 express card. It's 179.99, and currently available for purchase.
     
  20. thagomizer macrumors 6502

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    I am using the FileMate 48GB card and an APIOTEK eSATA 300. Both work flawlessly... I can even boot from the eSATA. No problems with flakiness.
     
  21. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    I use a FW800 card on my first-gen MBP (only has FW400 natively,) daily when I have everything connected and am using my MBP as my 'desktop'; plus a multi-card-reader when mobile. (I use a USB hub/card-reader/iPhone dock when operating in 'desktop' mode.)

    The FW800 card uses the PCI Express connection, the multi-card-reader uses the USB connection.
     
  22. amorcito macrumors regular

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    Do you only have MFG warranty on that ssd? Know of any online retailer with a warranty, replacement plan?

    Also, what's your opinion on this one: http://www.apiotek.com/Global/Product/Add-on_Card/EC-0003D.htm.
     
  23. ECJ macrumors 6502

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    I bought it from Amazon, which was actually from Tiger Direct. The warranty is from WinTec for 1 year for parts and labor. Of course Tiger Direct has an extended plan for the item. So far no issues, just speed. :)

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4505183&CatId=4218
     
  24. Guy Mancuso macrumors 6502a

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