Help choosing eSata Card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by TheNightPhoenix, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

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    I'm trying to find an eSata card that will work with my 09 MacPro.

    I saw this on Apple's site, but was not impressed with the price.
    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/TR867ZM/A?mco=MzE2OTkzMQ

    I then found these two on scan.co.uk
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Lyco...PCI-E-Host-(Raid-50110-and-JBOD)-PC-MAC-Linux
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Lycom-PE-102-2-Port-eSATA-PCI-E-Controller-PC-MAC-Linux

    Will with either of these two be compatible with the 09 pro? They say Mac compatible and PCI-E is that all I need to look out for?

    Also is there any real difference between the cards? I know one says it supports RAID, but I'm confused at the lack of price difference, shouldn't a RAID card be more expensive?

    I apologies is the answers seem obvious but I'm a bit :confused:
     
  2. sboerup macrumors 6502

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    I purchased this one, http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Sonnet Technology/TSATAIIE2P/, as I only needed 2 eSATA ports and it was cheaper. It does support "port multiplier" as well, if this is something important.

    The hardware works with any PCI-E and is supported by Leopard. Hot-swap too! I can unplug different external HDs and plug in new ones and they are recognized instantly!
     
  3. TheNightPhoenix thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the info, but the Sonnet price is to high for my liking.
     
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    If you're looking for an inexpensive alternative, try SYBA. They used to make some of their offerings compatible with Macs. :)
     
  5. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    This is only a little cheaper, unfortunately, but I use it and I like it:

    http://www.nitroav.com/product/472/

    Works, no fuss, no mess. No complaints here. But it may be a little more than you were thinking of paying.
     

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