Will any eSATA ExpressCard/34 card work?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ppc_michael, May 22, 2008.

  1. ppc_michael Guest

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    I'm looking to buy an eSATA ExpressCard for my Macbook Pro and some of them only mention being compatible with XP/Vista. Should I pay attention to that or are they just being silly?
     
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    From my experience it's hard to say. I have gotten some card readers and PCI cards that say "works with XP/VISTA" that haven't worked with Mac OS X. But then again, they might not have worked at all.
     
  4. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    linky?
     
  5. e12a macrumors 68000

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    it's only an in-store deal. Call before you drive!
     
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  7. HastaLaVista macrumors member

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    FYI: I was going to go the eSATA route with an external drive (myBook Studio). Then I found out that you can't connect/disconnect the drive while the MBP is powered on. You'd have to power down the laptop to connect or disconnect (not sleep). Since I want to be able to grab and go, I am trying out the FW800 approach first (great since the cables were included with the drive). If I see the need for extra speed (incremental at this point) I can always go the eSATA route. So far, FW800 is doing it for me.
     
  8. e12a macrumors 68000

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    what? you can disconnect/eject/reconnect the external esata drive just like any other. Ejecting the controller card, however, is different. You have to "power down" the card before removing it or you risk getting a kernel panic. But for the drives, the card is "hot-swappable".

    also due to its drivers, you have a chance of kernel panics when you insert the card with the computer on.
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    In the hundreds of times I've plugged and unplugged the card and cables while the computer is on, I've never had any issues.
     
  10. HastaLaVista macrumors member

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    Sorry guys, was just going by what I'd read. I should have known better. . .

    This is good info and another reason to switch to eSATA over FW.

    Thanks.
     
  11. WorldIRC macrumors 6502

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    YMMV. I suppose it really depends on what card / drivers you are using!
     
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  13. mcbeej macrumors member

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    I'm using that driver as well on a PC esata card.

    I have two drives, one in a fairly cheap/cheerful USB/esata enclosure which works fine, and a myBook Studio. I find the myBook Studio tends to hang after a while (half an hour or so of inactivity) and so I've gone back to using that one over Firewire for now.
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Do you mean when it goes to sleep? I believe that is power saving feature and plus it extends the life of the drive. I like the feature... :rolleyes:
     

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