do eSATA HDD docks require reboot to mount?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rawdawg, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. rawdawg macrumors 6502

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    I have a new 17" uMBP and an external 2TB RAID 0 with all my video/photo files that is rapidly filling up. I have a few PATA drives that I used to back up the data but want a better solution.

    I bought a Tempo Sonnet dual eSATA ExpressCard (the $200 one that's supposed to be the best). With my OWC Mercury Elite RAID 0 I only need to switch it on and it will mount. Originally I was thinking about getting a Drobo but reviews have me worried. An afforable and practical solution would be getting a dock and filling up drives when necessary. I hate USB2 (way too slow) and FW starts getting expensive.

    The OWC NewerTech Voyager docks claim with eSATA is requires a reboot in order to mount. Is this the case in all cases? With my Tempo card should all I need to do is power it on?

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/NewerTech/Voyager/Hard_Drive_Dock
     
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    According to what I've read, the SATA controller (In your case the Sonnet ExpressCard Adapter) must support hot-swapping for the given OS. I found the following info on Sonnet's website:
    So the prognosis looks good. Anyone else have any first hand info?
     
  3. rawdawg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for finding that for me Darth. No other replies but it might be worth my trying. Wish the quad compatible (with FW400 & 800) was cheaper. But at half the cost and twice the speed the eSATA is the way to go.
     

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