Running a SATA Port Multiplier with Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ghostchild, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. ghostchild macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2007
    Hey guys so I have a couple questions about running a 4 x port SATA multipler with MAC would a esata to usb adapter limit my transfer speeds and will running uneven gb hds ruin it? I'm just planning to use the drives separately for now until i do actually get 4x 1tb and run two different RAIDs. What do you guys think?

  2. rowsdower macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    USB 2.0 has a maximum bandwidth of 60 MB/s. SATA-150 (the slowest SATA) has a maximum bandwidth of 150 MB/s. A USB adapter will limit the transfer speeds to at most 60 MB/s.
  3. ghostchild thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2007
    well there is a firewire 800 on my umpb is there an adapter for that and will it still limit my speeds?
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    I'd go with FW800 over eSATA on a MBP. Much more convenient and can be daisy chained.

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