What is esata port multiplier Mac

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Question: Q:

I've got a MacBook Pro, not sure of the year but it's a 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7, Memory 8G, 1067 MHz DDR3.

I'm on the road, want to use a Hard Drive dock that has an eSATA port. I notice I have a 'slot' on the left side of the MacBook Pro and wonder if this could take an eSATA adapter ... and if yes, would this give me a better, and faster, link than the Firewire 800, given the dock only has Firewire 400 out?

Or, if yes, would I still be better off getting a Firewire 400 to 800 adapter?

And, if yes, what kind of adapter would I be looking for?

All ears, thank you ...

Ben

MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy), Mac OS X (10.6.8)

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 3:03 AM

Answer: A:
Answer: A:

A model 6.2 MBP does not have an Express card 34 slot. The one on your MPP is an SD slot. Older 15 "MBPs (up to late 2008) did but that was discontinued on later models. Thus you cannot have eSata capabilities with your MBP.

Ciao.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 6:06 AM

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Feb 25, 2013 3:24 AM in response to Ben Low In response to Ben Low

If that is an express card 34 port then you can get an eSata adapter and take advantage of the faster transmit speed which is faster that Firewire or USB. If you give the model number, a definitive answer can be provided (see SYSTEM PROFILER).

This is a type of adapter that may suit your needs. Note that it will run at Firewire 400 speeds with the adapter.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000CDJPQ/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=5038578749&hvpos=1t1 & hvexid = & hvnetw = g & hvrand = 1815056402951123689 & hvpone = & hvptwo = & hvqmt = b & ref = pd_sl_1 60

Ciao.

Feb 25, 2013 3:24 AM

Feb 25, 2013 6:03 AM in response to OGELTHORPE In response to OGELTHORPE

Hi Ogelthrope,

Very helpful. Thank you. Here is what I got from the system profiler: I'm not sure if the slot is an Express card 34 though ... but may very well be. I had a slot on my previous MacBook Pro that took an eSATA adapter ... via a slot that also took the SxS cards from my Sony EX-3 camera. But this slot looks smaller.

Model Name: MacBook Pro

Model Identifier: MacBookPro6,2

Processor Name: Intel Core i7

Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz

Number Of Processors: 1

Total Number Of Cores: 2

L2 cache (per core): 256 KB

L3 cache: 4 MB

Memory: 8 GB

Processor Interconnect Speed: 4.8 GT / s

Boot ROM version: MBP61.0057.B0F

SMC Version (system): 1.58f17

Serial Number (system): W8 ****** AGZ

Hardware UUID: 47BC4B17-E13B-5786-B349-4560283EEF24

Sudden Motion Sensor:

State: Enabled

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Feb 25, 2013 6:03 AM

Feb 25, 2013 6:06 AM in response to Ben Low In response to Ben Low

A model 6.2 MBP does not have an Express card 34 slot. The one on your MPP is an SD slot. Older 15 "MBPs (up to late 2008) did but that was discontinued on later models. Thus you cannot have eSata capabilities with your MBP.

Ciao.

Feb 25, 2013 6:06 AM

Feb 25, 2013 6:11 AM in response to OGELTHORPE In response to OGELTHORPE

Thank you kindly Ogelthorpe,

Very much appreciated. I will do with the Firewire 400-800.

All the best,

Ben

Feb 25, 2013 6:11 AM

Feb 25, 2013 6:28 AM in response to Ben Low In response to Ben Low

One can only work with what one has. Good luck to you.

Ciao.

Feb 25, 2013 6:28 AM

Feb 28, 2013 6:10 AM in response to OGELTHORPE In response to OGELTHORPE

This is interesting. I just did a bunch of camera tests, a new camera I'm looking at. I captured to an SD card. When I got home I put the card in a camera I had here (I'm on location, away from my studio) and the camera couldn't 'see' the .mov files for some reason. I was on my way back to the store today to get a new card reader - I've got a cupboard full of them back home ... and for some reason I just reread the posts above. Aha! I actually have an SD card reader built into this laptop. Cool. Thank you for that. I'm currently transferring all the data without having to take a two hour subway ride. Much appreciated.

Now if I could find someone that would recognize the problem I'm having with playing Quicktimes, which I've posted elsewhere ... I would be a truly happy camper.

All the best, and thank you again Ogelthorpe ...

Ben

Feb 28, 2013 6:10 AM

Feb 28, 2013 6:33 AM in response to Ben Low In response to Ben Low

I am pleased to hear that at least you stumbled on to some good news / features regarding your MBP. You are not alone. Every now and then I too learn about a feature or shortcut that I am not aware of. I hope that your other post results in favorable news.

Ciao.

Feb 28, 2013 6:33 AM