Will new imac have esata?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by macaco74, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. macaco74 macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2008
    Will Apple shy away from including an eSata port for external hard drives? Seems like this would be a great option given the transfer speeds.
  2. octojay macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2008
    It'd be nice.. but I think the most educated answer any of us can give is:



    Edit: Does ANYTHING Apple offer have an eSATA port? (Legitimately asking, not making a snarky comment.)
  3. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

    Leon Kowalski

    Sep 20, 2007
    Gondwanaland Reunification Front HQ
    No. But it might be possible to put an eSATA card in a Mac Pro.

  4. MrT8064 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2006
    i really doubt it, as apple seem to be heavily promoting wireless data solutions, which we all know is limited to 802.11N!
  5. macaco74 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2008
    i guess I should anticipate no esata and use firewire for large file data transfer/video storage.

    No biggie - was just hoping.
  6. Sped macrumors regular

    May 30, 2003
    If you asked me a year ago, I would have bet that at least the Mac Pro would have eSATA by now. I'm very surprised that the MBP doesn't have it either. I'm not sure what Apple is doing, but eSATA seems like an obvious choice for their pro computers. Since the MBP and the iMac are very similar, I was hoping the iMac would tag along for the ride.
  7. RexTraverse macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2008
    Well, eSATA applications are limited, and upcoming FireWire 1600 and 3200 will easily bridge that gap and provide backwards compatibilty with FW800.

    That said, the Griffin eSATA ExpressCard/34 adapter works beautifully for MBP owners who need eSATA.
  8. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    i thought i remembered hearing about the new firewire...im very interested to hear more about this and what it will be able to produce as far as speeds:D
  9. KJdanReuben macrumors regular

    May 22, 2007
    What is FireWire 1600 and 3200? And will they run off a FireWire 400 or 800 port with like a firmware update or something? Also, when is this new FireWire expected to come out? Thanks!
  10. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

    Leon Kowalski

    Sep 20, 2007
    Gondwanaland Reunification Front HQ
    Never heard of FW1600, but FW3200 (a.k.a. 1394b - S3200) uses
    the same 9-pin cable as FW800, and is (supposed to be) compatible
    with both FW400 and FW800. However, it's currently "vaporware",
    and I believe the firewire interfaces (on both ends of the wire) will
    require new hardware. Don't hold your breath waitin' for that.

    IMO, there is ZERO chance that S3200 will ever be popular as an
    external disk interface. The RealWorld™ has already standardized
    on eSATA -- and nothing can possibly outperform eSATA with a
    hard drive that "speaks SATA" as its native language.

    As far as the drive mechanism and computer are concerned, an
    eSATA external is indistinguishable from a SATA internal drive.
    Performance is identical for either. The only difference is the
    length of the connecting cable. No bridge chipset, no translation.

    ...it's hard to improve on 100%,


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