eSATA adapter for Powerbook

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
I have a 17" powerboook and im looking at external hard drives. I'm leaning towards an eSATA connection and I was wondering if anyone had seen any good eSATA adapters for my computer. Also recomendations on enclosures would be helpful too. Thanks!



Also are PCcard/cardbus and PCMCIA the same thing or are they different.

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,946member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacSuperiority View Post


    I have a 17" powerboook and im looking at external hard drives. I'm leaning towards an eSATA connection and I was wondering if anyone had seen any good eSATA adapters for my computer. Also recomendations on enclosures would be helpful too. Thanks!



    Also are PCcard/cardbus and PCMCIA the same thing or are they different.



    I read that PCMCIA is just the group that has PCcard and Cardbus. Cardbus is the one you want, I think PC Card means the older, slower version of the standard.



    Here's such one product:

    http://www.firmtek.com/seritek/seritek-1sm2/



    I can't say anything about enclosures. I haven't gotten around to eSata yet so I haven't tried any out.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    http://www.wiebetech.com/products/Te..._Express34.php

    dual eSata 2 expresscard 35



    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other...ing/MESATATBE/

    dual eSata 2 drive kit



    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Seagate/ST3500630AS/

    two eSata 2 500 gig hard drives



    This system is cheap for 1000 gigs or 1 terabit of external hard disk

    at about $500. An extra $300 will get you 750 gig hard drives!



    Highly recommended!
  • Reply 3 of 5
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,946member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kfdan View Post


    http://www.wiebetech.com/products/Te..._Express34.php

    dual eSata 2 expresscard 35



    It looks like a good rig, just keep in mind that the card needed for the PowerBook is different.



    One thing that came up in past requests, can you boot from the exteral SATA drives?
  • Reply 4 of 5
    robmrobm Posts: 1,068member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JeffDM View Post


    It looks like a good rig, just keep in mind that the card needed for the PowerBook is different.



    One thing that came up in past requests, can you boot from the exteral SATA drives?



    Hi Jeff, think at the mom only one manufacturer supports this, and that's Firmtek - and only on PPC, pciX and pcie. NOT Intel yet.

    Might have changed recently, but that was the state of the play a month or so ago.



    And yes - op will want Pcmcia card.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    kwondokwondo Posts: 217member
    RobM, You are almost correct...



    Firmtek is pretty much the only one in the game (as of Nov.20th) and is almost impossible to find because hardly anyone is familiar with the eSATA express card. I had to inquire directly from Firmtek to find out who sells it and even it's own vendors don't know they have it (I had to tell them that they carry it because Firmtek shipped it to them as the distributor).



    I purchased mine for my new 2.33 Intel Macbook Pro in Nov. The connection is screaming fast but it is very testy! The card has a little push-click locking system but the locking part doesn't do jack! I am really disappointed with the locking mechanism of the express card. If I'm copying/transfering 150 GB of files (which is why I wanted the fastest connection) last thing I want to happen is a loss of connection because the card slips out!



    As for the connection being testy, it could be that I had a bad logic board from the get-go. Apple did replace the logic board (within warranty) but have to say that the logic board and the service price tag was around $1400.00 which brings my laptop cost to $4800.00! That's not good for Apple...
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