• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says

    • Written by from West Hills

    Using it on Mavericks, w/ (2) G-Drive eSatas, Thunderbolted to iMac 27". So far works great. Fast speeds, even with 2 drives mounted simul. ProRes 422 HQ plays from the drives no problem. Many reviewers may have had some problems due to not ejecting/un-mounting volumes before unplugging the drives or hub.

    Wish the Hub had a protected power switch, but it seems to go into low voltage power save mode when drives aren't spinning into it. Powers off when adjacent devises/ computer powers down.

    With the $180 price it should include a 0.5m Thunderbolt cable, otherwise it would be 5 stars. But it does work quite well other than that. So far so good.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent Product

    • Written by from rochester

    It is working with a port multiplier device for me, I can see and use both drives.
    I have the Thermaltake BlacX dual HD enclosure.

    The LaCie hub is sturdy and nice looking, cast out of aluminum.

    SATA version 2 only, so limited bandwidth for SSDs. A bit expensive.

    Installs very easy, and seems stable. Haven't been able to set up a drive as a boot device, but maybe I have to try harder. It's not a deal breaker for me. "It just works."

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Functionality great, minor issues

    • Written by

    I have no issues with this on my iMac, let's me attach and run all my eSATA HD enclosures. (not all eSATA chipsets run same speed, so don't blame this unit if not full speed, likely your enclosure)

    My only minor issue is the design choice of the large light on the front.
    Looks cool in the day, but for machines that run 24/7 in a bedroom (providing home sharing of media to entire house), it's not welcome.

    A small pin hole activity indicator is more than enough. Not really sure why one is needed at all anyways since the HDs will have one (which are generally also too bright)

    A bit pricey, $99-$149 might be closer fit IMHO.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Well, I'll be darned...

    • Written by from Port Moody

    As observed by a previous review, port mult DOES work....at least with my Thermaltake BlacX eSata dual hard drive hub. Just backed up a 15gig folder from a 7200rpm drive in another esata enclosure to one of two WD Green 3tb drives in the Thermaltake in under 2 minutes. My third monitor is daisy chained. Everything PERFECT out of the box. I'm a happy camper... Lose a star though...why can't the hub be powered from the Thunderbolt bus?

    My rig: 2011 iMac 3.4ghz 27", 32 gig RAM, Focusrite Saffire 56 audio interface (FW400)

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great....but glitches initially

    • Written by from Portland

    Really needed a solution to connect several external RAID enclosures. Using FW800 to transfer multi-GB files was taking forever and painful. Although this is expensive in my opinion, it has been a good purchase. I say good, not great because:

    1) Expensive for a hub that only supports estata 3/gbs, not 6/gbs that has been around for awhile.
    2) Does not support port multiplication: also around for awhile, and both are nothing cost wise to offer.
    3) Was VERY glitchy to set up, despite following 'set up instructions'. Intitially drives never showed. Had to zap PRAM....when was the last time that actually did anything? Well, it got one to show up, but not the other, and then the machine wouldn't boot. Called tech services, and had to go through a very ridiculous series of unplugging, replugging, turning on/off, spitting North, and saying one Hail Mary, and then it worked. Why? No one knows. Others have reported this issue: some show no issue, others can't get them to show at all.
    4) Comes with no cables. Again, expensive for a simple solution to get your external drives to connect with your "professional" 2011+ Mac Book PRO.

    Once it is working, it is working fine.

    *NOTE: you will only get the 3GB/sec if you attach a SSD drive. Most transfer read/write averages 110-150 MB/sec transfers. Easily twice as fast as FW800, but again, could be faster with using 6GB/sec ports.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It Is Hub

    • Written by from Portland

    That one review says a waste of money ~ based on what.
    It is great hub, and it is so useful ~ Hard Drive with Sata connection could be used on a MacBook Pro. If that is what you need, it is great.

    4 of 4 people found this useful