esata issues on macbook pro

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  1. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Hello. I have an esata expresscard with my macbook pro and a western digital mybook 500. Oddly enough, I am only getting around firewire 400 speeds on it instead of much faster, as I think I should. On xbench I get about a 54 overall on esata and a 53 in firewire 400. In hd tune (bootcamp), I get 39 average esata, 34 average firewire 400. Supposably, I should be getting 80+ average at least. I've installed the drivers that came with the expresscard from their site. I have a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16839200006




    Thanks!
     
  2. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    The ExpressCard bus is capable of archiving high speeds, though it does depend on the card you buy. I've noticed that some manufactures have cut corners thus giving you a e-sata card on the USB bus not the faster PCI bus.

    Actually, if you go into System Profiles while the HD is connected you can actually see which data bus your card utilise.
     
  3. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    this is what it says:

    ExpressCard:

    Type: Other Mass Storage Controller
    Driver Installed: Yes
    Bus: PCI
    Slot: PCI Slot 3
    Vendor ID: 0x1095
    Device ID: 0x3132
    Subsystem Vendor ID: 0x1095
    Subsystem ID: 0x3132
    Revision ID: 0x0001
    Link Width: x1

    i think it is using the PCIe. If it wasn't, it wouldn't even hit firewire speeds
     
  4. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    i'm using the drivers on the rosewell site, which are the exact same silicon image drivers they're talking about =\
     
  5. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    i did some benchmarks last night and this is what i got

    1 gig = 34 sec
    6.66 gig = 3 min 48 sec
     
  6. Eric L macrumors member

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  7. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    if you look at the reviews though, people get higher..like 2x us

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16839200006

    If we both got these numbers, think maybe the macbook pro's expresscard slot is maybe slower than the pc equivolent

    also, its not the drivers..i booted into vista and tried some tests also..i got similar results.
     
  8. Eric L macrumors member

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    I say screw it, I'm converting to firewire 800. Reliability, speed, bus-powered, and portable.
     
  9. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    if i could do it all over again, i would have just stuck with firewire 400 since it works at the same speed as esata evidently for mbp..but since i've already bought the expresscard and an esata wire i'm kinda screwed =\

    ah well..$30+tax wasted
     
  10. Eric L macrumors member

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  11. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    yeah

    it's unfortunate. esata is suppose to be practically full speed...faster than even fw800.
     
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