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advice for external enclosure & expresscard adaptor?

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Ashley Cooper1 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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Jun 15, 2013 7:09 PM

Just bought the 1TB Crucial SSD and am looking for a fast but reasonable external enclosure & expresscard adaptor for my MBP. I'm looking at eSATA & USB 3.0 options and don't mind spending more on the enclosure as can use with the next Mac (updated MBP or Mac Pro) I buy later this year. But, the adaptor will probably be sold or get limited use then, so it's hard to justify spending a whole lot on it.


For enclosures, I was looking at

1) the FirmTek miniSwap/U3.

-Very fast USB3 (over 400 MB/s), but no eSATA option


2) the OWC Elite Pro mini.

- eSATA & USB 3.0 but USB 3.0 speeds almost half as fast as miniSwap/U3



3) Oyen Digital Mini Pro

- different models available. One has eSATA & USB 3.0

-USB 3.0 claims to be over 400 MB/s



There are Expresscard 34 USB 3.0 and eSATA options available from FirmTek, Sonnet, CalDigit Oyen Digital and many others. Since mine is an older MBP (mid 2009 17", i.e. 5,2) some adaptors seem to run slower. Very hard to find info though.


I'll be using this setup for video editing. So, any thoughts or recommendations? Thanks ahead of time for any help!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Model 5,2; Core 2 Duo 2.8; 8g Ram
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points)

    Sonnet has a long history with Macs, so if I were to get an adapter it would be with them.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points)

    What do you want from a USB 3 adapter that the reviews say is not possible?  Have you contacted them to determine if they are aware of their reviews?


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