As was already stated...
On our 17" MBP i7, when we use eSata it's a 30 min transfer via FW 800 from a full 128. If we use FW 800 Daisy chain, its an hour. Needless to say, so ready for thunderbolt.
i run esata cable from the motherboard
unfortunately my mac pro late 08 requires a restart to see the new drive mounted to this esata.
no reboot required when using esata card.
i have it inthat way. optical drive.
but i lose the plug an play option, so i must restart the Mac before plug and un plug. but its ok
In other systems I've done, with no free slot for things to run out from, a handy way to do it is nip the BNC connectors off the ends of the cables for the rocket. Run those cables through any of the hundreds of small holes on the back side of the Mac Pro, then reattach new connectors. I use Liberty or Canare 23AWG mini-coax connectors.
Most port multiplier devices will NOT work with these internal SATA headers. They just don't have the necessary support to do so.
I just got an internal Mac Pro to eSata cable and got it working with the Red Station.
Did a transfer test using eSata and Firewire, each time to an internal SATA drive. They were pretty much identical in transfer speed.
Is this because both my destination SATA and Red Station (eSata) are on the same buss? I thought it would be much faster using eSata.
Or is it because it's on a 1st gen Mac Pro quad core? I haven't tried it on my 2010 hex core, wanted to troubleshoot on a machine I wasn't as afraid of blowing up!
Just repeated the test, this time going to my external raid (PCIe card) and eSata was about twice as fast as FW800.
So I guess the moral is if you are copying to internal SATA drives you won't experience a noticeable difference between eSata and FW800?
We've just started using eSATA through an add-in board put into a Maxxdigital redrocket/raid box with a MBP 17" expresscard cable. Anyways, that's the setup. The only way for me to swap cards without rebooting is the following procedure:
1) Boot up the machine with a red volume formated SSD inserted. It mounts automatically on the desktop.
2) In red watcher choose the card and eject.
3) Power off the redstation (atleast that's what the manual says, but this thing works even if you don't).
4) Remove the card and insert your new card you want to copy from. Power on again.
5) In red watchdog select mount (the name in the list will be the same as the first card, but don't worry about that)
6) Wait roughly 30 seconds (!) before the card is mounted and on the desktop. If it doesn't appear then hit mount again and wait some more.
7) Copy your files as usual
8) Goto 3 (Edit: Eject your SSD via the RED watchdog before going to 3).
Works for me. Can be a bit frustrating waiting for it to mount, but it works. And compared to copying over firewire it is much faster anyways.
Last edited by F. Malmer; 11-25-2011 at 01:33 AM.
Has anyone else had success with F. Malmer's method above? It doesn't sound too terribly inconvenient — just a 30 second delay on each mag. I would love to do this, and free up a PCIe slot if I can.
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