Resolved Macbook Pro 13inch esata>thunderbolt adapter

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  1. maril1111, Apr 6, 2011
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    Hey,


    I bought myself a brand new i5 13inch MBP and I was wondering if it would be possible to hookup an e-sata device via an adapter to the thunderbolt port?

    I know it would be slower in speed since its e-sata but thats the fastest (current) connection for most harddrives. Is there such an adapter already buyable or any plans off getting it introduced?

    Cheers,

    Marcell
     
  2. Penn Jennings macrumors 6502

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    I hope that you get an answer.

    Every week I look for a Thunderbolt Hard Drive Enclosure. No luck so far.
     
  3. zweigand macrumors 6502a

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    They will come, but it'll probably be summer before they get here. I'll be looking for one after I get a new thunderbolt enabled iMac. Right now I'm using a FW800 SSD as my boot drive. Will be nice to be able to switch over to eSATA in the future.
     
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    seagate are doing a TB adapter for their go flex portable hdd
    this frive basically has customized sata connector to usb2/usb3/fw800/esata

    im hoping for a TB to usb3.. as i have a usb3 hdd from before i made the leap into the worlds of mac
     
  5. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68030

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    I would love to upgrade to a new MBP but the lack of ExpressCard or a Thunderbolt to eSATA adaptor is the only thing holding me back. I've always been upset that Apple has chosen to remove the ExpressCard port from all but the 17" MBP. I don't want a 17", I like the 15" but why are 15" users any less power users that should have to go without the ExpressCard advantages?
     
  6. -growl- macrumors newbie

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    I hear you. I never quite understood Apple enforcing the correspondence between the screen size and the configuration options you get. It's ok to get less ports of a particular type on a smaller model due to physical limitations of the chassis. However, it's not ok to not have particular ports on a 15" macbook and only offer them on their giant (and hugely expensive, too!) 17" model.
     
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  8. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68030

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    Ouch, $149 to do something that previous MBPs and the 17" have been able to do for a long time. Suppose if you have to have access to those type of things then you have to spend the money but that's a good deal for the typical consumer that just wants access to use ExpressCards.
     
  9. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    And that doesn't include a thunderbolt cable. Then you're up to $199.
     
  10. srsmonty macrumors newbie

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    YES IT WORKS estat to Thunderbolt

    YES IT WORKS estat to Thunderbolt actually /firewire 800 / anything expresscard

    sonnet we love you

    watch video

    esata to new Mac Book Air with thunderbolt and esata

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihpI33L_KRg
     
  11. maril1111 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Sorry to dig up an old thread of mine but are there any updates on this adapter?
     
  12. Magrathea macrumors regular

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    Guys, big problem with the Sonnet is that it only has a single TB connector so if you're like me and using TB to drive a second, non TB display this won't work!
     
  13. maril1111 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So you can't daisy chain them? is there such a thing like a thunderbolt hub to solve this problem?
     
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    Thanx for the help, do you think that the adapter would split the thunderbolt 10gbps speed between the firewire,usb etc? or how would this hub function? I am just slightly confused.
     
  16. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    YOu can't daisy chain, but I own one and use it with a 27" iMac. I turn one of its TB ports into 2 eSATA ports and it works just fine.
     
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  19. drsox macrumors 65816

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    I guess it would work the same way the "hub" in the Apple TBDisplay works. Each "port" works independently up to its rated data rate. Maybe ask Belkin for more info ?

    PS It looks like there is a TB In and a TB Out on the Belkin hub, so daisy chaining looks possible.
     
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    i am thinking of just waiting until it comes out and wait for a review. if it hopefully comes out.
     

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