How does new Macbook pro connect with E-sata?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JimmyChen, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. JimmyChen macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2009
    I am a newer for Mac. I am wondering that since Apple took off the express card slot, How to connect E-sata device to the new macbook pro 15 inch?:confused:
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. occamsrazor macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2007
    There is one option, and one only, that I know of:

    ...of course it will limit you to FW800 speeds. Also bear in mind that it will only support "direct connect" esata devices, which from what I understand rules out most devices sporting both USB & eSATA connections. I don't really understand why, but that's what Firmtek told me - "It will not work with hybrid enclosures that include eSATA/USB and/or FireWire".

    But the general answer is... you can't. One of the reasons why taking the expresscard away was a really dumb move, if they wanted to get rid of expresscard they should have at least added an esata port, but with Apple that seems unlikely ever to happen.
  4. JimmyChen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2009
  5. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    I did a search on line and found a USB to eSATA adapter = how useless as it defeats the speeds gained by using the eSATA in the first place...
  6. norliss macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2009
    Wow, that truly is useless but I bet there are some muppets out there that believe they would get eSATA speeds from it :D
  7. pnyc macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yeah no e-sata for the new MBPs, at least not one that makes sense, FW800 is your best beat if you can go that route.
  8. iCan2 macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2009
    17" MBP with express card ports

    Yes - they still have express card ports on the 17" models only. I really do wonder why none of the other models omitted an eSATA II connector. It seems very silly when you are working on a pro line of computer!

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