eSATA on Macs

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  1. Thanks for this. It explains why I keep losing connections to my esata hard drives on my Mac Book Pro. Did you ever find a non 3132 express 34 to esata card?

  2. I think the only non-3132-based ExpressCard is the Sonnet Tempo SATA Pro card, which is about two or three times the price of all the others. It’s clearly doing something different, though, in that it’s the only card that can cope with RAID bandwidths – the non-Pro, 3132-based cards max out more-or-less at single-drive data rates.
    On the desktop, I’m now using one of the RocketRAID cards. The setup is a little odd, but it seems to be entirely stable with 10.5.8.

  3. Replying to my own post: Silicon Image 3132 drivers up to and including the current release as of writing (1.5.16, dated August 2007), are quarantined by the Snow Leopard installer. While this might shake Silicon Image into action, my guess is that Sil3132-based eSATA adaptors are now basically junk on Macs. They were before, but now more so.

  4. In a bit of a shocking development, Silicon Image have released a 1.1.11 base (non-RAID) beta driver, specifically for OS X 10.6/10.6.1. I haven’t tried it yet, but the link to the driver download page above lists it. Use with caution, but it looks like Sil3132-based cards aren’t dead to Macs yet…

  5. I’m currently using them.
    spent the whole evening doing so.
    it’s the nightmare of 10.5.X once more.
    I havent had a working esata card in a year and a half.
    1.1.11 is exhibiting the same faulty behavior as the previous garbage drivers.
    SI need to get off their collective asses and repair this.
    how hard is it to make a fucking 10MB driver that works.

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