10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 7, 2013 4:34 AM by donutbai
stikygum Level 1 Level 1

I'm going to put a couple hard drives in my Macbook with the OWC data doubler (taking out the optical drive), as a side note. I'm also going to have a spare (2.5" internal) drive, so I thought I would put the drive in this case (equiped with USB 3.0):




I want to get USB 3.0 speeds and heard that an express card adapter can utilize the USB3.0 speeds. So I was looking at this cable:


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Express-Card-Expresscard-34mm-to-USB-3-0-Adapter-/130754 952830?pt=US_Internal_Port_Expansion_Cards&hash=item1e719a3e7e


I'm wondering if it would be better to get a Thunderbolt to USB3.0 adapter, or does it even matter which I get (Thunderbolt/Express card to USB3.0 adapter)? Will both adapters yield the USB3.0 speeds? (I'm actually not sure if Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 adapters exist, but they should).

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Model 8.3, 8GB Ram 750GB 5400rpm HD
  • stikygum Level 1 Level 1

    I actually can't find any Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 adapter. I guess they just dont' exist. So maybe going with a Express card to USB 3.0 adapter would be best. At least I read somewhere that it will allow for USB 3.0 speeds to be achieved. Anyone know if it's possible?

  • fendicci Level 1 Level 1

    I have just recently purchased a GMYLE expresscard to USB3 via ebay which works with the modbin patched kext.  This is with a 2008 Macbook pro (pre unibody) and a 2011 Macbook pro 17 but they only seem to work with Lion 10.7.  When I updated to 10.7.2 it stopped working.  It also did not work when I updated to Mountain Lion so I reverted to basic Lion 10.7.


    Hope this is of some help.

  • Malcolm J. Rayfield Level 5 Level 5

    Add-on USB-3 drivers can be a problem with OS X.  Have you considered using Express Card to eSATA?


    Put the drive in an eSATA case,

    <http://www.circotech.com/thermaltake-a2319-muse-esata-3-5-aluminum-enclosure.htm l>

    You may need a 2.5" to 3.5" mounting adapter, or look for a 2.5" eSATA case.

  • Nickkett Level 1 Level 1

    I Found this...




    Is a Dock, but it has a USB3.0 x3 port.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7
    Mac OS X

    And it's going to be wonderful - true USB 3.0 speeds. It was supposed to ship in September, but now I notice that they're saying 'first quarter' 2013. A lot of folks have been waiting on this particular unit. I know I have. It's pricey but it's the only way that I'm going to get true USB 3.0 speeds out of my late 2011 MBP.



  • garyjr Level 2 Level 2

    got tired of waiting on belkin ordered sonnets thunderbolt to express card pro adapter! and sonnets usb adapter togo with it! should be to my house tuesday! i have heard works great and not! i have a couple usb 3 drives now. and send tons of movies to my son who is in the marines! bought my macbook pro last Dec. and the cost of thundbolt drives!  a joke! will post my results when i am able to dosome tests from drive to drive! drive to laptops!usb 3 and same for usb 2!

  • garyjr Level 2 Level 2

    excuse the typing etc. sitting in the tree deer hunting on the ipad! lol

  • Armadilloslim Level 1 Level 1

    Hey garyjr,

    I'd be very interested when your Sonnet adapters arrive if you can tell me how it works. I'm curious because the USB ports of my Macbook are fried (thanks to my two-year-old son) and it will cost more than $800 to replace the logic board. The Thunderbolt port works so I've been trying to find a Thunderbolt to USB adapter mainly so I can sync my iPhone. They don't seem to exist. I also was looking at the Belkin doc but can't wait till next year. Can you tell me if you piggyback the Thunderbolt to express card adapter with the express card to USB if you can then plug in an iPhone USB cable and have it recognised for syncing in iTunes? Cheers!

  • garyjr Level 2 Level 2

    Well Works sometimes and sometimes NOT! but nore NOT! I even went as far as downloading 3 firmware updates to bring them up to date on the alegro card! also tried 2 other cards that others have! same issue! well thats ok because the the thunderbolt pro adapter works with the other card I have for esata LOL. but not for the usb 3 drives! we will see how the crap works when and if belkin ever updates their hub and releases it!!!. What I do have a question is has anyone used a usb3 hub to transfer files from one usb3 drive to another usb3 drive? and do you get the speeds? even though it would be pluged into a usb 2 port on the system> I back everything up to the external drive. but then I copy stuff over to other drives to send to my sone in the Marines! would be better then waiting for 2 to 4 hours for some of these files I do!

  • donutbai Level 1 Level 1

    Sorry to bring this thread back up, but has anyone used the GMYLE USB 3.0 Expresscard with a 2-bay dock or enclosure? Just wanted to know if it supports port multiplier..