Express card port gone on MBP 15 inch

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Uptospeed, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Uptospeed macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I had a MacBook Pro 17 inch monitor with an express card port. I used an esata II 300 adapter for high speed transfer of digital audio. Unfortunately, I had to swap out that computer for a 15 inch monitor Macbook Pro which doesn't have an express card port. Does anyone know I can get the high speed data transfer functionality back on my 15 inch computer using another device/adapter/port/accessory -- workaround?

    Uptospeed
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    In short, you can't. You'll need to use an adapter to either USB or Firewire (or depending on how new your MBP is, Thunderbolt).
     
  3. Uptospeed thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thunderbolt

    Thanks for your comments.

    I have a new MBP (15 inch), which has Thunderbolt. But Thunderbolt connector cables and HDs that support that technology are hard to come by right now. Cables ship from Apple in 2-3 weeks and a LaCie Little Big (Thunderbolt) external HD apparently is not on the market yet, although it is expected to be this summer.

    There is, apparently, a card slot on my MBP but the slot is too small (narrow)for an express card like the esata I mentioned?! Not sure what the slot is for....

    OTS
     
  4. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    SD card slot.

    Right now TB is too new of a technology. I'd give it time. There may even be TB to eSATA connectors in the future? If there is a USB or Firewire connector on your external, I'd use that for now and hopefully something comes out soon that'll suit your needs.
     
  5. Nightex macrumors member

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    The 15" had it's express card slot replaced with an almost useless SDXC card reader (used for camera memory mostly).
    I am told this is because the Express Card 34 slots on the 15" unibodies were plagued with problems.
    I am desperate for a thunderbolt to firewire converter myself and I'm interested where did you get this info?
     

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