LaCie PCIe USB3.0 Issues (Mac Pro)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by TomTomTuning, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. TomTomTuning, Jul 17, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2013

    TomTomTuning macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2010
    Central PA
    System Specs:
    2010 Quad-Core 2.8Ghz Mac Pro
    OSX 10.8.4
    24GB RAM
    4x2TB Internal drives
    HighPoint RocketRaid eSata PCIe Card
    SanDigital 4-bay JBOD eSata Enclosure 4x2TB
    -> LaCie PCIe USB3.0 Card
    -> LaCie Porsche Design P’9230 USB3.0 Drive 750GB (used for OS TM backups)

    First Issue:
    The USB drive will not mount unless I restart the computer, it does not work as "Plug-n-Play".
    I dont have another USB3.0 computer but I tested it on my USB2.0 MBP, it mounts perfectly fine on that computer no restart needed.

    2nd Issue:
    My computer runs like crap when the drive it mounted.
    My mouse sticks and freezes and the system just lags.
    I dont see any processes killing CPU or memory usage.
    Once I unmount and turn off the drive, the computer is back to normal.

    - Only LaCie drives work with their PCIe card, which is lame but thats besides the point.
    - I spoke to LaCie about the issue and they suggest I take the computer/drive to a repair store to have it checked out? WTF???
    - The eSata stuff works flawlessly, however I have not removed the eSata card to see if it's interfering with the USB3.0 card. I may try that tomorrow...

    Any help is appreciated!
  2. TomTomTuning thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2010
    Central PA
  3. cohen777 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2009
    Lakeland, FL
    I had a frustrating experience with the card too. It actually burned out on me. I replaced it with a caldigit fasta card and have no problems with usb 3.0 or esata.
  4. willgreene99 macrumors regular


    Dec 16, 2010
    I also have the CalDigit USB3 card, the version without the eSata ports, and it has worked well for me. No issues to report. It was recommended by a fellow MacRumors member. I have mine connected to a Drobo 5D and although it is not as fast as TB, it gives me enough speed, ~130MB/S, to run my iTunes media server along with several VM's.

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