external firewire400/800, USB & esata hard drive enclosures

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Sossity, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. Sossity macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    I have read that firewire or esata is faster than usb 2.0.

    I have a 2010 macbook pro with snowleopard on it & have a 7 port ac powered usb hub hooked up to it. If I plug in 1 or more external hard drives into the hub & have them working together/transferring files, will there be a big slowdown?

    right now my hard drives are in just usb 2.0 enclosures. Would it be worth upgrading their enclosures to firew wire - esata? would I feel a performance difference?

    the hard drives are sata & others are ide.

    can anybody suggest some good enclosures that will dissipate heat well? I sometimes run my hard drives for up to 2 hours at a time.

    one hard drive is for photo & video files, one is for my itunes & music & one would be for video editing.
  2. xyzzy-xyzzy, Nov 6, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2010

    xyzzy-xyzzy macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2010
    How can a macbook pro do eSATA?

    FWIW, and coincidentally, about a few hours before your post I posted something similar here but mine is related to the mac pro. No replies to my post as of yet at the time I am replying to yours.
  3. softwaredevelop macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2008
    Try g-tech

    The g-tech drives are in a metal enclosure and dissipate heat well
  4. miata macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2010
    Silicon Valley, Earth
    The 17" MPBs have express card slots that take eSATA cards. A nice option for MBPs with FW800 is the FirmTek SpyderHub. I have one and it works great.
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I have a couple of Rosewill FW800 (purchased from Newegg) enclosures 1TB drives (one WD, other Seagate). They're fanless and run relatively cool. They're on 24/7, with varying usage.

    Throughput on FW800 is noticeably faster than USB2. On large files, I've measured almost 3x faster (going to/from the internal SATA 7200RPM drive in my UB MBP).

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