Looking for external drive...ESATA to Firewire converter?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mattman84, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. Mattman84 macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2007
    I'm trying to score a new external drive in all the Black Friday madness. I'll be getting my iMac over Thanksgiving and would like to use my current 250 gig drive for time machine, and get at least a 500 gig to use for whatever else. There are a lot deals floating around where I can get one for even less than $100. However, none of them have Firewire.

    I pretty much require Firewire so that I can daisy chain off my other one. I'll have all the USB ports full and I would much rather use Firewire anyway.

    Some drives do have ESATA connections, but is there any way to get ESATA onto an iMac? Is there any sort of ESATA to Firewire 800 converter that I could use and still daisy chain? I've been looking around and can't seem to find anything like that.

  2. occamsrazor macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2007
    I'm looking for the same thing, a FW800 > eSATA converter to use with a bunch of eSATA enclosures I already own. Sorry to say I haven't been able to find anything either....
  3. asiow2000 macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2008
  4. DVDshrink4mac macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2008
  5. pinback pro macrumors member

    pinback pro

    Oct 16, 2008
    anybody used a SpyderHUB??? looks expensive for something I've never heard of.
  6. MCIowaRulz macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2009
    Someone who knows more then I do I'm sure will prove me wrong however, Wouldn't using a USB or Firewire connection slow things down at the read/write level?
  7. JYork23 macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    It would slow things down considerably, but since Apple hasn't seen fit to include eSATA connectors for us iMac users, we're stuck with our single Firewire 800 connector for video.

    I'm really close to whipping out my credit card and trying that Spyder solution. The other solution mentioned (Cooldrives) only has a Firewire 400 connector which cuts the data rate in half again over 800's.

    To echo pingback pro, anyone else heard/tried this Spyder solution. As mentioned, seems like a good chunk of coin for something I've never heard of before. But I'm willing to pay it if it lets me use my eSATA drive dock for editing Pro Res HD footage.
  8. tgbauer macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2011
    Another option for some iMac models

    If you have the right iMac model, or are willing to give up an internal drive... There is this solution (and some home-brew versions of it) which use an adapter to convert an internal SATA port to eSATA.

  9. WizzyBoom macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2011
    Just to be clear though, the slow down would only slow to the slowest connection speed that it is converted to, correct?

    • eSATA to USB 2.0 - you'll get USB 2.0 speeds
    • eSATA to Firewire 400 - you'll get Firewire 400 Speeds
    • eSATA to Firewire 800 - you'll get Firewire 800 Speeds
    • Firewire 400 to USB 2.0 - you'll get USB 2.0 speeds

  10. JYork23 macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    That is correct. Connecting eSATA to Firewire 800, for example, would still net you Firewire 800 speeds as you said.

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