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tad newberryMac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Aug 17, 2015 at 10:55:58 pm

well, i'm finally upgrading my eSATA card. since going to Mavericks, my old one stopped working, knew i had grab new drivers, so aimed for that today. i have the LaCie eSATA 2...and LaCie no longer makes nor supports them, i.e., no new drivers.

my computer is an early 2009 Mac Pro, so too old to upgrade to USB 3, so eSATA is still my next best alternative.

for any of you still using eSATA in a Mac, what card would you recommend, or are they all pretty much the same?

thanks for helping out a bonehead!
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Andrew KimeryRe: Mac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Aug 18, 2015 at 1:52:48 am

I've got a 2009 Mac Pro (4,1) and use the CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 eSATA/USB 3 card. I've had it for a number of years now and have no complaints.


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tad newberryRe: Mac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Aug 18, 2015 at 2:20:16 am

Hey, cool! So it has 2 USB 3.0 ports, too! That would be perfect. I asked the tech guy at the Mac Store today and he said he was pretty sure my MacPro 5.1 was not upgradable to USB 3. i do believe i'll order one of these puppies! Thanks for the tip.

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tad newberryRe: Mac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Aug 18, 2015 at 2:50:48 am

...and more reading now, i'm hearing different opinions on whether the PCI bus in my MacPro 5.1 can even utilize the speed in a USB 3 port? $180 bucks for that CalDigit card (not bad if USB 3 will work), or $30 bucks for a different card with no USB 3.

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Andrew KimeryRe: Mac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Aug 18, 2015 at 3:16:36 am

I have a 4,1 Mac Pro (not a 5,1 like you) and the USB 3 ports are w-a-y faster than the USB 2 ports. Certainly worth the $$$ IMO given that USB 3 and Thunderbolt are the most popular on external drives these days and there's no way to add Thunderbolt to these older machines.


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tad newberryRe: Mac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Aug 19, 2015 at 4:26:21 pm

so, just to reconfirm before i buy, you Mac (older than mine) IS benefitting from USB 3? i keep reading that the busses weren't available until the 6.1 Macs, but i'll get that card if it really works. thanks again!

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Andrew KimeryRe: Mac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Aug 19, 2015 at 5:55:15 pm

[tad newberry] "so, just to reconfirm before i buy, you Mac (older than mine) IS benefitting from USB 3? i keep reading that the busses weren't available until the 6.1 Macs, but i'll get that card if it really works. thanks again!
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The Mac Pro 6,1 (the black, cylinder model that came out a couple of years ago) is the only Mac Pro that shipped with USB 3 ports. If you want USB 3.0 ports on any other Mac Pro you have to add them via a card that plugs into one of the PICe slots (same thing with the eSATA ports). Apple has a tendency to not really embrace non-native hardware and not all USB 3.0 cards are created equal so some cards will work better than others.

I've had a very good experience with the CalDigit card I mentioned on my 2009 Mac Pro (model 4,1) under both 10.8.x and 10.9.x.


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tad newberryRe: Mac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Aug 19, 2015 at 5:56:40 pm

thanks for clarifying again. i'm ordering that card right now. take care!

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Andrew KimeryRe: Mac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Aug 19, 2015 at 9:12:38 pm

No worries. Asking questions up front is typically preferable to trying to clean up a mess after the fact. :)


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tad newberryRe: Mac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Aug 19, 2015 at 9:14:16 pm

ya, thanks. exactly...and doing all those returns and exhanges...

;-)

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tad newberryRe: Mac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Sep 17, 2015 at 5:13:38 am

howdy. hey, my card finally arrived. the USB 3 portion works great, but my Mac is not seeing anything plugged into the eSATA ports. i called Cal Digit, they said to make sure the old LaCie drivers were uninstalled (and as far as i can tell i got them all), then to zap the PRAM and try it again. no dice. i called LaCie to ask them if i could be sure i got all their stuff uninstalled...and they weren't much help at all and said i should call Apple.

anyway, did you have trouble getting the esata to work on yours?

thanks for helping out a bonehead!
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Andrew KimeryRe: Mac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Sep 17, 2015 at 5:37:46 am

Mine worked right out of the box, but I didn't have any LaCie software/drivers installed.


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Kannan RaghavanRe: Mac esata cards - recommendations?
by on Aug 18, 2015 at 2:00:57 am

Like Andrew said, the Caldigit cards are pretty good.

Kannan Raghavan
The Big Toad Films Pte. Ltd.


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