How to transfer files from SATA hard drive to my macbook?

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  1. Visualgap macrumors member

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    So a friend gave me his 750GB Seagate Barracuda ES Hard Drive so I can copy files from it. He told me that a way to transfer the files is by opening my PC because is way faster than USB. The problem is that I don't have a PC. Only a white Macbook and HP laptop. Is there any other way?
     
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    You could get an external HDD enclosure for 3.5" HDDs with a USB port.

    They should be around 20€.
     
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    Compared to what? It'll run at USB speed.
     
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    compared to eSATA speed...how can I keep that speed?
     
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    You can't
     
  8. Visualgap thread starter macrumors member

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    there's no an eSATA adapter or something like that for my HP Laptop?
     
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    Well, as you've told us absolutely nothing about it I was concentrating on the MacBook. What, exact, ports and slots do you have on the HP.
     
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    5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
    3 Universal Serial Bus USB 2.0
    1 VGA (15-pin)
    1 RJ-11 (modem)
    1 TV-Out (S-video)
    1 RJ -45 (LAN)
    2 headphone-out
    1 microphone-in
    1 notebook expansion port 3
    1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin)
    1 Consumer IR

    ergo USB or Firewire 400, but as that will add the cost of the enclosure, USB will suffice.

    The difference is 10MB/s at most.

    750GB with USB at 30MB/s will take 406min (6.8hrs) to transfer.
     
  12. Visualgap thread starter macrumors member

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    I bought the HD docking station from your link but is transferring at 20MB/s with USB :(
     
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    It's not my link, but some USB devices have poor chipsets and thus offer abysmal speed.

    My 2.5" external enclosures (four) offer 30-35MB/s with 5400RPM drives in there (1x232GiB, 3x465GiB).
     

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