PC eSata card in a MacPro

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by colinet, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. colinet macrumors 6502

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    I just bought a very cheap new eSata PCI Express card on eBay. At less than $10 I figured it was worth the risk, but I cannot get it to work in Leopard on my MacPro.

    It shows up in system info as pci1095,3132 - type Raid Controller, but when I plug a case with 2 drives in, nothing happens. If I use the USB connector on the external case they work fine but I want the speed of eSata on the two drives.

    I suspect I have to reflash this card (which is made in China by Cross Mark) with something OSX will recognise. I have Parallels if the software in PC only.

    Anyone help?
     
  2. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    ESata devices need to be plugged in while the computer is off in order to be recognized.
     
  3. colinet thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was so hoping to be able to say - wow that was easy, but it didn't work.

    I notice the socket on the card is wider than the socket on the drive case. The cable that came with the case seems to fit OK, but could this be causing a problem? Are there different eSata cables or types?
     

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