7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 28, 2013 6:33 AM by OGELTHORPE
Ben Low Level 1 (45 points)

I've got a MacBook Pro, not sure of the year but it's a 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7, Memory 8G, 1067 MHz DDR3.


I'm on the road, want to use a Hard Drive dock that has an eSATA port.  I notice I have a 'slot' on the left side of the MacBook Pro and wonder if this could take an eSATA adaptor ... and if yes, would this give me a better, and faster, link than the Firewire 800, given the dock only has Firewire 400 out?


Or, if yes, would I still be better off getting a Firewire 400 to 800 adaptor?


And, if yes, what kind of adaptor would I be looking for?



All ears, thank you ...




MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,147 points)

    If that is an express card 34 port then you can get an eSata adapter and take advantage of the faster transmit speed which is faster that Firewire or USB. If you give the model number, a definitive answer can be provided (see SYSTEM PROFILER).


    This a type of adapter that may suit your needs.  Note that it will run at Firewire 400 speeds with the adapter.


    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000CDJPQ/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=5038578749&hvpos=1t1 &hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1815056402951123689&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&ref=pd_sl_1 60dhyesdh_b



  • Ben Low Level 1 (45 points)

    Hi Ogelthrope,


    Very helpful.  Thank you.  Here is what I got from the system profiler:  I'm not sure if the slot is an Express card 34 though... but may very well be.  I had a slot on my previous MacBook Pro that took an eSATA adaptor ... via a slot that also took the SxS cards from my Sony EX-3 camera.  But this slot looks smaller.


      Model Name:          MacBook Pro

      Model Identifier:          MacBookPro6,2

      Processor Name:          Intel Core i7

      Processor Speed:          2.66 GHz

      Number Of Processors:          1

      Total Number Of Cores:          2

      L2 Cache (per core):          256 KB

      L3 Cache:          4 MB

      Memory:          8 GB

      Processor Interconnect Speed:          4.8 GT/s

      Boot ROM Version:          MBP61.0057.B0F

      SMC Version (system):          1.58f17

      Serial Number (system):          W8******AGZ

      Hardware UUID:          47BC4B17-E13B-5786-B349-4560283EEF24

      Sudden Motion Sensor:

      State:          Enabled


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  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,147 points)

    A model 6.2 MBP does not have an Express card 34 slot.  The one on your MPP is an SD slot.  Older 15" MBPs (up to late 2008) did but that was discontinued on later models.  Thus you cannot have eSata capabilities with your MBP.



  • Ben Low Level 1 (45 points)

    Thank you kindly Ogelthorpe,



    Very much appreciated.  I will make do with the Firewire 400-800.



    All the best,




  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,147 points)

    One can only work with what one has.  Good luck to you.



  • Ben Low Level 1 (45 points)

    This is interesting.  I just did a bunch of camera tests, a new camera I'm looking at.  I captured to an SD card.  When I got home I put the card in a camera I had here (I'm on location, away from my studio) and the camera couldn't 'see' the .mov files for some reason.  I was on my way back to the store today to get a new card reader - I've got a cupboard full of them back home ... and for some reason I just reread the posts above.  Aha!  I actually have an SD card reader built into this laptop.  Cool.  Thank you for that.  I'm currently transferring all the data without having to take a two hour subway ride.  Much appreciated.


    Now if I could find someone that would recognize the problem I'm having with playing Quicktimes, which I've posted elsewhere ... I would be a truly happy camper.


    All the best, and thank you again Ogelthorpe ...




  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,147 points)

    I am pleased to hear that at least you stumbled on to some good news/features regarding your MBP.  You are not alone.  Every now and then I too learn about a feature or shortcut that I am not aware of.  I hope that your other post results in favorable news.