usb 2.0 to eSata

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  1. Fourthbrook macrumors newbie

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    I have a Macbook Pro 13" i just bought it in august.
    My hard drive is nearly and i recently bought a new camera so it is filling up quickly i want to get a external hard drive. The smartest thing to do seems to be to get one with eSata connectivity. However my computer doesn't have Express 34 capability. would getting and usb 2.0 to eSata adapter be smart or would it just dampen the speed?

    p.s. sorry if all this made no sense. help would be appreciated.
    Thanks
     
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    that sounds like alot of needless work.

    Most enclosures i've seen will have a USB and eSATA port, so you won't have to worry about that. I'd take advantage of the Firewire 800 port on your machine and get an external that supports it, but a good enclosure with an Oxford chipset can be pricy over their eSata/USB counterparts.

    Note if speed is your game then firewire is really the only option. Obviously eSATA is quickest but you don't have that option.
     
  3. Fourthbrook thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So a usb 2.0 to esata is would be a total damper on the speed?
     
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    yes. you will only get up to a certain amount of the 480 mbps theoretical speed that USB 2.0 provides. Nowhere near an actual eSATA connection.
     
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