FW800 to eSATA - performance jump likely to be worthwhile?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by norliss, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. norliss macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2009
    Hi there.

    I currently use two external drives with my MBP and have just got back into using FCP for video editing. I've always used both drives with their respective FW800 ports although one of the drives (a WD MyBook Studio II) has an eSATA port that I've never utilised.

    I'm wondering whether it's worth my while buying an Expresscard/34 eSATA adaptor to enable me to use the WD drive with eSATA but would like to know if I'm likely to see a decent jump in performance: if the increase is marginal I'd stick with FW800.

  2. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    Do they make express cards for USB3 yet? if so, USB3 is probably a safer financial investment.
  3. walterwhite macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2011
    South Central PA
    I use an eSATA on my Mac Pro... it has two ports. It's totally worth it and is enormously fast even compared to FW800.
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    eSATA is a faster interface than USB3's max theoretical speed (of which you actually get about half)
  5. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    I'm not saying USB3 due to speed but due to the odds of standardization and future systems having the hardware to run newer products. I would wager money that USB3 becomes the standard. Also, with backwards compatibility, you can use many USB3 devices on USB1/2 computers, which makes data transfer easier as most PCs aren't rockin' teh FW.
  6. Pentad macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2003
    FW800 is pokey compared to just about everything else now. I would be happy if Apple would move to something in the next rev of the MBP. USB 2.0 and FW800 just don't cut it anymore compared to eSata (which has be around for years) and USB 3.0.

  7. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    The expresscard bandwidth is different depending on which model you have. Some are limited to 1.5Gbps which gets nowhere near the 3Gbps E-SATA limit. Having said that, if your drive's performance is the bottleneck, you may not notice.

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