With the LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series you can now connect eSATA drives to your Thunderbolt-compatible Mac. Simply attach up to two drives to the Hub, which then connects to the Thunderbolt port on your Mac.
Unleashing full eSATA speeds
Since Thunderbolt's 10Gbit/s provides more than enough throughput to accommodate eSATA's full 3Gbit/s transfer speeds, your drives are no longer restricted by the ExpressCard/34's maximum bus speed of 2.5Gb/s.
Bring new value to your storage
The eSATA Hub in a sense modernizes your existing drives, so you don’t have to buy new ones. Even better, eSATA and Thunderbolt connections are software RAID compatible.
Daisy chain for convenience
Thunderbolt technology supports daisy chaining, so you can connect a display or other Thunderbolt device to the eSATA Hub. For example, you can attach your high-end display and your eSATA Hub to your Mac via a single Thunderbolt cable. Thunderbolt technology also supports two channels—one dedicated for data, and the other for video—each with 10Gb/s of bandwidth. This means you can push and pull audio/video data without reducing bandwidth.
- 10 Gbit/s Thunderbolt interface
- Full dual eSATA 3Gbit/s speeds
- Software RAID compatible using 2x eSATA drives for increased speed or data redundancy
- Dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining up to six compatible storage devices together
- A single cable can connect up to six Hubs for a total of 12 eSATA devices
- Mini DisplayPort backward compatible for daisy chaining with other digital devices such as monitors and compatible cameras
- Optimized for LaCie d2 Quadra and 4big Quadra hard drives
Did you notice?Two eSata drives can connect to your Mac with one cable—maximum convenience and minimum desktop clutter
Apple Recommends ForConnect your existing eSATA drives to Thunderbolt ports on your new Mac.
What's in the Box?
- LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series
- Drive stand for upright use
- External power supply
- Quick install guide
- Note: Thunderbolt cable sold separately
- Connections : eSATA,Thunderbolt
- Height : 3.3 in./8.5 cm
- Width : 1.6 in./4 cm
- Weight : 1.4 lb./650 g
- OS X 10.6 or later
- eSATA hard drive(s)
- Thunderbolt port
- Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)
- Mfr. Part Number : 9000186
- UPC or EAN No. : 093053840570
- Note : Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
- Warranty : Three-year limited (For details, please visit http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10497)
- Thunderbolt cable sold separately
Ratings & Reviews
LaCie eSATA Hub works well with 4big
I have 2 LaCie 4big Quadra drives that I've used with my Macbook Pro connected via FireWire. While this has served me well, I rece ntly upgraded to a new Macbook Pro with Thunderbolt ports in addition to the FW800 port.
When I heard about the new LaCie Thunderbolt Hub, I wondered if this new device would help me extend the utility of my 4big drives, by allowing them to use the new Thunderbolt connection.
Sure enough, yes it did!
My 4bigs are configured as RAID-5 for speed and safety. When connected via FW800, I could get about 70MB/sec throughput, which was about as fast as I could expect from the FW interface - saturated. After I got the eSATA Hub and connected via Thunderbolt and the 4big eSATA connection, I got almost 3x the performance, just over 200MB/sec.
This sped up my backups and media transfers significantly, and also permitted me to handle more HD sequences on my FCP timeline.
Sure, the eSATA Hub did not come with the eSATA or Thunderbolt cables, but it was no bother, as the 4big drives did come with the needed eSATA cables. The Apple Store reminded me that I would need a Thunderbolt cable, too, so it was easy to add.
I really like that LaCie has made it easy for me to continue using my older 4big drives, and letting me get even more performance from my new Macbook Pro. …
- Written by Mike M from Beaverton
51 of 54 people found this useful
Plug-and-play and Double My Transfer Speed
On my old setup, my external RAID 5 HD array transfer at FW800 speed / around 70-80MBs read/write. My internal Seagate 500 GB driv e on my mid-2011 iMac transfer around 100-110 MBs. Now with the Lacie, I connect my old RAID 5 HD array through eSATA / Thunderbolt - now I am getting 120-140MBS read/write. On the second eSATA port I connect a Crucial M4 256GB SSD in an eSATA enclosure and now the transfer speed hit 200 MBs write, 260 MBs read. Incredible speed. Everything runs super fast and smoothly. An excellent investment if you want to add an eSATA ports and SSD to your iMac.
One word of caution - make sure you use a quality eSATA-II cable - one of my cable was defective and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why the connection would't work. Switched to a new eSATA cable solve my problem.
Also another minor glitch - for some reason my old Dell external monitor connecting to the second thunderbolt/display port cannot goto sleep - not sure why. My solution around is to just power off the second monitor when I am not using it. …
- Written by Tzu L from Centreville
32 of 34 people found this useful
Thunderbolt to eSATA Nirvana
Exactly what I needed to hook-up my eSATA peripherals (HD Dock and Blu-Ray burner) to my newer Mac machines at full speed, Does ex actly what it should provides you 2 eSATA ports with full SATA speed access, no issues with video passthru on my 2011 MacMini. …
- Written by Robert G from Sherwood Park
28 of 29 people found this useful
So far so good
I look after our company's computers and these are a super simple way to incrementally upgrade your existing hardware to the Macs. Recently bought a bunch for the first group that got new Macs and will be ordering more soon as we upgrade the rest of the office. …
- Written by Gale R
6 of 6 people found this useful
Good eSATA Hub
This is a great product. I bought it to use for editing in FCP on my iMac and with my two RAID arrays. It's been working like a ch arm. The speeds are great. For me it was worth every penny. …
- Written by Glenn B
9 of 9 people found this useful
Makes my Apple Display flicker I have to pull cable
Other than you will not be able to put up with the continuously but random flicker from the Apply monitor it works great.
What I mean but flicker is like if you are pulling the thunderbolt cable on and off very quickly. The LaCie hub has two G-Tech 1TB drives cabled via eStata cables.
The LaCie Hub is plugged into a brand new mac mini:
2.6GHz Intel Core i7; 16 GB 1600 Mhz DDR3; 256 GB SSD …
- Written by Peter V from Kirkland
5 of 11 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Will internal SATA drives work with this hub. What do I need to have several internal SATA drives 2-3 TB each connect to thunderbolt ports ?
- Asked by Ellwood B from New Westminster
- Apr 13, 2013
No answers yet
does it support port multiplier? can i use this between my eSATA storage system in the JBOD mode and my mac air ?
- Asked by Chung-han L from Anaheim
- Mar 6, 2013
According to barefeats.com it does not support port multipliers.
- Answered by Chris H from North Las Vegas
- Mar 18, 2013
Could I connect two external monitors to the hub from my macbook pro and create a dual monitor set up?
- Asked by Jake H from Monson
- Aug 25, 2012
Can you use this to connect a non thunderbolt display? So something like MBP to thunderbolt display to hub to regular monitor?
- Asked by Tiffany S from Fresno
- Aug 19, 2012
I use Macbook air 11" connected to thundervolt display 27" with thundervolt cable. Can this be inserted in between, so that it daisy chained?
- Asked by 세영 장 from 평택시
- May 21, 2012
I was using the Lacie Thunderbolt esata hub adapter connected via Thunderbolt to a mac mini server, and then daisy chaining off of the Lacie hub to an iMac 27" minidisplay port to get the mac mini's video. It worked great for about 2 weeks, but now it gives me nothing but problems - ARD goes out on the server, it pretty much locks up and has to be hard reset.
This configuration is supported, according to Lacie, my two eSATA devices were a Lacie 2 TB BigDisk Quadra, and a Lacie 8TB 4big Quadra, and the final link is the minidisplay port cable.
As I said, your configuration should be supported since you are using all thunderbolt cabling, but then again, my configuration is also supported, but I'm having problems. …
- Answered by Jay M from Keller
- Jun 10, 2012