While considering the possibilities of adding an eSATA port to my iMac, I am also investigating eSATA solutions for my MacBook Pro. Since I have an ExpressCard slot, the logical choice is to pick up one of the many ExpressCard eSATA adapters. But it looks like the options aren't all that great: The SiliconImage chipset used in many is full-featured, but the drivers and hardware … [Read more...] about ExpressCard SATA Adapters: The Lesser of Two Evils
PCMCIA and CardBus slots were universal and popular a decade ago, but the advent of PCI Express meant reengineering the old standby. The result was ExpressCard, a never-popular compromise that mixes PCI Express and USB into a confusing and little-used mashup. With few modern laptops including an ExpressCard slot and fewer users, a fair question to ask is "where did it all go … [Read more...] about ExpressCard: A Sure Thing That Failed
The latest Intel iMac line is a killer desktop, from its brilliant screen to its excellent performance. But it's a little lacking when it comes to expansion: A workstation really needs more I/O than five USB and one FireWire port! Since I'm a storage fanatic, my attention naturally turns toward eSATA, and I'm not the only one. Although I've come up with three different methods … [Read more...] about Four Ways to Add eSATA to Your iMac
Ask a Pack Rat: Another great question in my mailbox: I bought a 3rd SATA drive, and have nowhere to put it in my PowerMac G5. I forgot there was only room for 2 inside! I do audio recording: Lots of Digital Performer, plus a bit of Pro Tools. I recently bought a new 1 TB Hitachi drive and don't know how to house it. Here are my choices: External FW400 … [Read more...] about How Should An External Hard Drive Be Attached?
The external hard disk drive market is incredibly hot right now, but it's also ultra-competitive. Stalwarts Seagate and Western Digital battle it out with everyone from disk makers like Toshiba and Hitachi to PC hardware companies like HP, Iomega, LaCie. The latest trend is dockable multi-function drives that are friendlier to use and offer advanced features like video … [Read more...] about Lemons Into Lemonade: Seagate Repackages SATA As GoFlex