macbook pro with an ExpressCard/34 slot

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by b348xyx, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. b348xyx macrumors member

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    hi,

    i have a macbook pro with an ExpressCard/34 slot


    and was looking at getting a SSD drive for it (ExpressCard/34).... any good one's out there ???

    i have allready upgraed the harddrive inside to 500gb so want a little more


    cheers

    karl
     
  2. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    Most of them use the USB interface (expresscard provides USB2.0 and PCIe 1x), so they are very slow, basically the same as a USB flash drive. There are some good ones out there, but they are expensive, and I don't know off hand where to find them.
     
  3. alphakilo macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking to pick up an expresscard/34 to eSATA connector adaptor. Anyone with experience with these cards? I am going to move some files, mainly movies and music, to my harddrive on my MacBook Pro and don't want to wait hours for the transfers. Would this be the better option cost wise to connect to my existing SATA II drives or should I go for the above mentioned options with the expresscard SSD drives? Considering SSD's are quite expensive, I am thinking the expresscard to SATA II adaptor would be the best.

    Any suggestions?

    Sorry to threadjack, but it seems mildly related.
     
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    The expresscard 'ssd' drives connect to your machine via USB. They are not SSDs like the x25-m or the samsung one that apple sells, but more like sd/cf cards with a built in expresscard adapter. As they just use the usb bus they will be no faster than a usb thumb drive.

    If you are looking for speed i've heard the eSATA cards work great. I do know they connect at full speed vs. usb, but the tricky part is finding a card that works, since some of the ones on newegg based on reviews suck on OS X.
     
  5. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    The Expresscard SSD PeteB linked to uses the full speed of the expresscard slot. Newegg sells them:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...filemate&Ntk=all&SpeTabStoreType=&srchInDesc=
    The first 2 on that page use the PCIe interface and read at 115mb/s, while the second two read at 33mb/s using USB. Of course, the faster ones are more expensive per gigabyte.

    Here are the faster ones in case that link didn't work:
    24gb for $115:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161324

    48gb for $169:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161325

    The mini-USB interface mentioned is a port on the other end that lets you use it like a regular USB flash drive, which is a nice feature.
     

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