Running a SATA Port Multiplier with Mac

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

  1. ghostchild macrumors 6502

    ghostchild

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    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?

    Thanks.
     
  2. rowsdower macrumors 6502

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    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

    ghostchild

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    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

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    I'd go with FW800 over eSATA on a MBP. Much more convenient and can be daisy chained.
     

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