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Kyler Boudreau
Best eSata Express Card for Macbook Pro?
on Dec 30, 2011 at 2:24:26 am

Hey forum - I just purchased the latest 17" MBP because I wanted eSata capabilities (haven't made the move to thunderbolt storage).

Does anyone know of a decent Express34 card? I'm looking at OWC and the Sonnet models. Of course the most expensive Sonnet model sounds good, but it's like $200 which is kind of pricey.

Anyway....I'm running Lion along with Avid and FCP7. Thanks!

kyler boudreau

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David Roth Weiss
Re: Best eSata Express Card for Macbook Pro?
on Dec 30, 2011 at 5:32:03 pm

I'm not sure where you saw the $200 Sonnet card, but I can tell you that the $80 card at the link below is all you need. It's the latest, adding two 6Gb/s eSATA ports.

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Jason Jenkins
Re: Best eSata Express Card for Macbook Pro?
on Jan 1, 2012 at 6:24:20 am

I bought the $200 adapter earlier this year;

If it's more expensive it must be faster, right!? :)

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steve knattress
Re: Best eSata Express Card for Macbook Pro?
on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:42:28 pm

I use this cheaper sonnet card on a 17"mbp and it works fine ( you need the latest drivers from the sonnet site for Lion).

However I am not convinced that he actual speed is much different to connecting my AVIO Raid5 directly by Firewire ( with no other FW devices on bus) may be an express34 thing?


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Marty Smith
Re: Best eSata Express Card for Macbook Pro?
on Mar 11, 2012 at 12:46:56 pm


I have just purchased the Sonnet Tempo SATA 6GB dual expresscard and I am having significant issues.

I would like to use it as an interface to upload from a Sound Devices PIX240 caddy in order to backup data from the SSD to a FW800 drive.

I can get the expresscard to be "seen", but cannot get it to mount the SSD drive. The "SATA Controller" menu item in the menu bar is grey and I am unable to access anything about the card.

I believe I have updated the appropriate drivers - although I understand that 10.7.3 should no longer require drivers.

Is it possible that it is this USB "chipset" thing I have read about

Any assistance gratefully received.


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