Re: Are "eSATA drives + enclosures" the ONLY way to get fast ext drives?
- From: Mark Conrad <none-of@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 00:53:06 -0800
In article <gary-409C52.19531830122008@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Gary
Would an eSATA hard drive be sluggish also, if it uses
the same FireWire 800 connection?
Yes. The firewire bus is the weakest link.
I was afraid of that.
Is eSATA even compatable with Macs?
Not yet. January Macworld might have a surprise
or 2 though. eSata has blanketed the PC world.
I noticed that, from lurking on the PC forums.
It is kind of frustrating to see a use for a tiny bit more
speed, and not be able to capitalize on it.
Let us know what kind of Mac you are using though.
Presently, a year old MacBook Pro, 2.4 GHz 4 GB RAM
160 GB 7200 rpm int drive.
Not quite fast enough for what I want to do.
(basically VMware stuff, to allow me to _supplement_
what I can presently do with the Mac, by running
Windows apps that are not available for the Mac)
In the VMware Fusion-2 so-called "Unity" mode,
those Windows apps act like regular Mac apps,
for all intents and purposes.
Using Boot Camp handily solves my speed problem,
but screws up everything else because of the need
to reboot in order to do trivial Mac tasks, such as
opening/closing Mac utilities, moving Mac files, etc.
Er, OT but consider the following hypothetical scenario:
The year is 2015. Apple, flush with their past success of
eliminating the "click" bar on the MacBook, decided to also
junk the keyboard altogether on their newest MacBook Pro,
cleverly named the "MacBook Vapor Air".
The Vapor Air is operated by talking to it.
"Start up computer, log in"
"Open Thoth" (Thoth made a comeback in 2015)
"Open System newsgroup"
"Display thread topics"
"Open thread named Microsoft declares chapter-11 bankruptcy"
"Log out, shut down"
Whoops, forgot to take my meds, hope it did not show, above.
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