Thunderbolt or USB3 to eSATA?

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  1. chiefsilverback, Feb 4, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2013

    chiefsilverback macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2011
    Now I have moved into the current decade with a 2012 mini I'm wondering the best option for maximising the performance of my eSATA enable external drives.

    I had planned on the LaCie Thunderbolt eSATA hub, but Newer Tech make a USB 3 to eSATA interface that's $25 compared to $200 for the Lacie.

    I've read of some issues with the LaCie force ejecting drives when your mac goes to sleep and it's capped at 2 drives whereas I assume with USB 3 hubs I could keep adding drives with the Newer Tech adapter.

    Anybody got experience of either?

    EDIT - they are HDD based externals not SSD so benchmarked performance over eSATA per OWC website is ~250Mb/second.
  2. FireWire2 macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2008
    I have this USB3.0 to eSATA support Port Multiplier

    Allow me to see my eSATA with or without Port Multiplier. I have single and five bay eSATA boxes

    Lots of MAC user use this with their eSATA boxes
  3. chiefsilverback thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2011
    That looks to be a similar device to the NewerTech product. Not sure what the 'port multiplier' bit is as it appears to have 1 in and 1 out?

    Anybody know how they perform vs the Lacie hub?
  4. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Port multiplying refers to attaching multiple hard drives, usually in a multi-bay enclosure, to a single eSATA port.
  5. FireWire2, Feb 5, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2013

    FireWire2 macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2008
    LaCie Thunderbolt eSATA hub is a 3Gb/s eSATA and DOES NOT support Port Multiplier.
    This means ONE to ONE connection

    I'm waiting for this:

    Lots more flexible

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