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ExpressCard/34 2-Port eSATA cards?
Posted by: loveshine
Date: September 18, 2008 03:21PM
Any suggestions for the best way to go?


Could these be the same?

This one is $120
[www.bhphotovideo.com]


This one is $16 at the local BestBuy
[www.bhphotovideo.com]
Looking on line, I read that it comes with Mac drivers even though it does not mention that.
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Re: ExpressCard/34 2-Port eSATA cards?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: September 18, 2008 03:30PM
This is the one I'm using:
[www.newegg.com]

There's also a cheap, $20ish, single port, driverless, model that's actually bootable.
[www.meritline.com]

You can read a user report on the single port card a couple posts down at:
[www.xlr8yourmac.com]
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Re: ExpressCard/34 2-Port eSATA cards?
Posted by: loveshine
Date: September 18, 2008 03:38PM
The 2 ports all look physically the same, I wonder if they have the same internal components?

I read here

[www.newegg.com]

> It doesn't matter what manufacturer you go with because there the same cards that work with the same drivers. Also because you need drivers you cant boot from it. However there is hope. a small percent of cards are made with another chipset. I cant mention it but they offer plug and play support for osx which means you can boot off them and they are not prone to the stability issues. Newegg has one of them.

Anybody know which one is boot-able???
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Re: ExpressCard/34 2-Port eSATA cards?
Posted by: incognegro
Date: September 18, 2008 03:59PM
how bout this un?

[eshop.macsales.com]



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Re: ExpressCard/34 2-Port eSATA cards?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: September 18, 2008 05:25PM
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loveshine
Anybody know which one is boot-able???

Yes, but I'll let you re-read my post and then do your own Google search. : )
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Re: ExpressCard/34 2-Port eSATA cards?
Posted by: hal
Date: September 18, 2008 05:34PM
I thought that none are bootable for mac os. Did that get fixed in leopard.
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Re: ExpressCard/34 2-Port eSATA cards?
Posted by: loveshine
Date: September 18, 2008 06:15PM
Gareth - thanks
In my haste, I did not read past "single port".
Does this mean that there are no dual port bootable cards?
I assume so.
I need 2 ports, I'd actually really like 4 ports...
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Re: ExpressCard/34 2-Port eSATA cards?
Posted by: loveshine
Date: September 18, 2008 06:28PM
According to what I've found here, there are 2 port cards but it says it's generic.
So how the heck do I find one?

[www.xlr8yourmac.com]

Post mentions JMicron 20360/20363 AHCI Controller

Also the APIOTEk as with the si chipsets seem to be problematic.

Gareth - have you had any problems with yours, once again making the assumption that is is the si chipset.
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Re: ExpressCard/34 2-Port eSATA cards?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: September 18, 2008 06:36PM
I haven't had any problems with the Rosewill card, but I don't use it that often. I did buy it though b/c it's one of the few cards with few, if any, negative comments.

If you're using 10.5 and a JMicron chipset card, it should be bootable (from what I've read). The 2 port card that someone claims to have used as bootable is out of stock:
[www.yourmacstore.com]

I've never seen a 4 port eSATA card. Though some do support port multiplying, though the only one I remember specifically advertising that feature was really expensive (i.e. $200 or $300).
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