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    E sata card for MacBook Pro

    Hello,
    I need recomendations for a good esata card for my 17 Macbook Pro w/ express card 34 slot.
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    Re: E sata card for MacBook Pro

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    Re: E sata card for MacBook Pro

    Joe I use this one in my 15 inch and it can run 64 bit also

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/CalDigit/FASTA1EX/

    Also expensive but very good is this one

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Sonne.../SATAIIPROE34/

    You have to be careful some work and some units will not when it comes to Express cards
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    Re: E sata card for MacBook Pro

    Hi Joe,

    I can confirm that the combination
    http://www.sonnettech.com/product/te...express34.html
    with
    http://www.sonnettech.com/product/fusion400qr5.html

    works perfect on my 15" MBP with Snow Leopard (Mac OSX 10.6.2).

    From some other posts i remember that the slightly older ExpressCard
    (http://www.sonnettech.com/product/te...express34.html)
    seems to need some special treatment when used with Mac OSX 10.6
    and i'm not sure the issues were finally solved. I would pick the
    "Pro" version in the case you choose to buy from Sonnet.


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    Re: E sata card for MacBook Pro

    Just don't get the Griffin expresscard ones . . .
    we have two - they were bad in Leopard, and they don't work at all in Snow Leopard (crash the machine every time).

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    Re: E sata card for MacBook Pro

    Thanks for the advice guys. I did not realize there was such a speed diference between eSATA and FireWire 800.

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    Re: E sata card for MacBook Pro

    Definitely echo that the Sonnet Tempo SATA Pro is very reliable and speeds are as they advertise.

    I also have a cheap AKE ESATA BC338 Expresscard which you can find on ebay, it works quite well but the speed is no where near the Sonnet Tempo Pro. The nice thing with the AKE BC338 card is that it's lowprofile and doesn't stick out of your MAC also you can boot from it and run a BluRay DVD Burner via a esata external box.

    So I use both, because the Sonnet Pro chipset does not allow you to boot from a hard drive and does not allow you to connect to a esata DVD Burner.

    This is the cheap AKE BC338

    http://cgi.ebay.com/New-AKE-ExpressC...item518f4fb749

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