Expresscard 3/4 USB 3.0 or eSATA for Macbook Pro 17" mid-2009?

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Which Expresscard 3/4 adaptor for my Macbook Pro 17" mid-2009?

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  1. dpandri macrumors newbie

    dpandri

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    Hi guys, I am thinking of adding higher speed external port for my old Macbook Pro 17" mid-2009 (MacbookPro 5,2).

    Which one will you recommend the most, Expresscard 3/4 USB 3.0? Or Expresscard eSATA?

    I knew that USB 3.0 is theoritically transferring data at a higher bit rate, but I am not too sure if the Expresscard 34 slot will be able to achieve USB 3.0's speed.

    Please help me! Thanks alot!
     
  2. baypharm macrumors 65816

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    I use the Expresscard 3/4 USB 3.0 on my machine (you and I have the same model). Mine works great and is very fast but I've never conducted read/write tests to see the numbers. I've never had any problems using it either.
     
  3. dpandri thread starter macrumors newbie

    dpandri

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    Thanks alot for your reply Baypharm, its really assuring to know that it works on our machine!

    May I know the brand name of your expresscard? Did you need to install any driver at all? And which macOs version are you using it on?
     
  4. ZapNZs macrumors 68000

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    Is the primary intent to use this expansion upgrade for secondary storage? If so, will it involve external SSDs? (I ask because while I love the flexibility of USB, I've become a huge fan of eSATA for external SATA storage and strongly prefer it over USB, personally.)
     
  5. dpandri thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, it is intended for fast speed access of external storage read & write. I only had an external SSD that I barely use, and an externalHDD & external card reader both equipped with USB 3.0 that I am using daily for my multimedia work.

    The built-in USB 2.0 of the Macbook Pro is seriously outdated and drag down my workflow by a whole lot. I've maxed out the RAM this Macbook can hold (8GB) and upgraded the primary drive from HDD to SSD. I am honestly in awe of the speed I can get from this old beast with all my works, everything are working fast except the access to external device and storages, hence my reason of wanting to add USB3.0 / eSATA ports through the expresscard slot.

    Does choosing eSATA port through expresscard slot has a greater advantage over USB3.0 through expresscard? Would love to hear from your opinion, ZapNZs
     
  6. bobesch macrumors 6502a

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    Could you tell about which card you are using.
    I currently went for a promising USB-card which finally didn't work on my MBP15" 2008/ElCap.
     
  7. killawat macrumors 65816

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    Look for something with the fl1100 fresco logic chipset. I'd tell you which one I have but I know you won't be able to find it; pickings are slim these days for obvious reasons. Like the amazon links don't even work any more.
     

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