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OWC launches flush fit MacBook eSATA ExpressCard adapter

updated 11:00 pm EDT, Tue July 20, 2010

Adapter reads 170MB/s, writes 120MB/s, bootable

OWC has launched a new eSATA ExpressCard adapter for MacBooks. The card, which is rated for 3GB/s, is hot swappable and fits flush inside the MacBook frame, making for easy transport within the MacBook. The new card is ACHI compliant, requiring no drivers for any Mac notebook running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

In testing, the card is said to be capable of 170MB/s read speeds and 120MB/s write speeds using external SSD-based eSATA drives. It supports up to five disk drives on a JMicron JMB360 chipset. The ExpressCard is bootable for MacBooks with any Core 2 Duo chips, which cover all but the first generation.

The new eSATA ExpressCard requires Mac OS X 10.4, with v10.5 or v10.6 required for hot-swapping. It also supports Windows 2000 and higher, including Windows 7. The card will cost $40 but is currently on sale for $33.








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  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Hmm

    Should have had an aluminum end to match the MacBook Pro.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Nothing new

    I have been using this thing for more than two years. MacBook has never had expansion card slot of any kind and probably never will.

    When I heard 'flush fit', I thought it was silver. Instead, it is just the same old ExpressCard adapter that's been around since 2008.

    OWC has done nothing but relabeling the same thing.

  1. Mao

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Press Release for Relabling plus $20 Mark_Up

    Press release for a different Label

    Save money same card with the real label i guess.

    Search ebay for AKE ExpressCard 34 eSATA...$9 -$12

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Inside-hide-AKE-Express-To-eSATA-ExpressCard-Card_W0QQitemZ260625344555QQcategoryZ74941QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286.m7QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D6973873988392181188




  1. Mao

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Press Release for Relabeling plus $20 Mark_Up

    Press release for a different Label

    Save money same card with the real label i guess.

    Search ebay for AKE ExpressCard 34 eSATA...$9 -$12

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Inside-hide-AKE-Express-To-eSATA-ExpressCard-Card_W0QQitemZ260625344555QQcategoryZ74941QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286.m7QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D6973873988392181188




  1. lysolman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    And data corruption

    I have had no luck whatsoever using the J Micron JMB360 chipset.

    All I've ever gotten is corrupted files after transfer to drive, and a complete inability to unpack compressed archives (zip, rar, etc) without CRC errors and the whole thing crapping out.

    If you have a Unibody MacBook Pro (Mine is Late 2008, 2.4Ghz, C2D) I would stay far, far, far away from these chipsets.

    Your best bet is a Silicon chipset, those won't corrupt your data, but they will kernal panic your machine occasionally.

    Ultimately, that's why I've given up on these esata expresscards, and am thinking about getting a Firmtek SpyderHub.

    http://firmtek.stores.yahoo.net/spyderhub.html

    P.S. Let me know if you've had better luck with other cards.

  1. mbzimmermd

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    agree with the corruption issue

    Before you buy - do your homework

    http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/feedback/Cheap_SATA_cards_inOSX_10.6.htm#storytop

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Meaningless

    Well, would be nicer if it wasn't such a niche device, being that Apple has decided that only 17" screen users need an expansion card capability.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: Press Release for Relabling plus $20 Mark_Up

    Save money same card with the real label i guess.

    Search ebay for AKE ExpressCard 34 eSATA...$9 -$12


    Yeah, for getting a card on eBay is the exact same thing as getting it from a reputable company that has served the mac community for years (and well back to the time when few actually did). Who also guarantee that it'll work and have to deal with actually supporting the card.

    I have a JMicron 3xx card (not sure the chipset) with my 15" MBP, and it has worked fine for me.

  1. ringonbob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Poorly worded article

    This article describes this adapter as if it is for Macbooks... not Macbook Pros. I am trying to add eSata to my Macbook (as I want to use it as a home theater device). I got all excited for no reason :(.....

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