• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LaCie eSATA Hub works well with 4big

    • Written by from Beaverton

    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 recently 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.

    60 of 63 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Plug-and-play and Double My Transfer Speed

    • Written by from Centreville

    On my old setup, my external RAID 5 HD array transfer at FW800 speed / around 70-80MBs read/write. My internal Seagate 500 GB drive 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.

    42 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt to eSATA Nirvana

    • Written by from Sherwood Park

    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 exactly what it should provides you 2 eSATA ports with full SATA speed access, no issues with video passthru on my 2011 MacMini.

    35 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good use of thunderbolt. Plenty fast.

    • Written by from Burbank

    I use this with my Raidon raid 5, 5400 rpm 2tb x4, and I get about 200 MB/sec in most tests. Single drives won't be this fast. Great for nonlinear editing, Aperture/Lightroom libraries and time machine drives.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Port Mult works!

    • Written by from New York

    I don't know what others are talking about but it works.

    I'm using a 5 HD enclosure with port mult with 4 drives set up for RAID 0 and 1 SSD drive for cache. They all mount!

    I'm using a 27 iMac 3.4.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good eSATA Hub

    • Written by

    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 charm. The speeds are great. For me it was worth every penny.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Connectivity!

    • Written by

    Great hub for fast data transfers and for hooking up various eSATA peripherals. I'm using it to connect my Macbook Pro to a LaCie 4big Quadra drive for various media file transfers, and I'm getting excellent speeds. The performance is great, way better than I expected.

    15 of 16 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    • Written by

    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.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't support port multiplier

    • Written by from San Jose

    So you fork out $200 for a box and an additional $50 for a cable. And then you find out that it doesn't support port multiplier enclosures. Seriously? In 2012? This is the most stupid thing I've seen in a while. This one is going back.

    24 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Solution!

    • Written by

    Awesome! I just got one of these babies and connected my eSATA drives to my Mac. The speeds are great. This is really a great solution. Thank you Lacie!

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This does not work for Mavericks

    • Written by from Hamilton

    This used to work for me in Mountain Lion. It does not work with Mavericks.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast and Friendly

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I love how easy this was to set up. Just plug it in. It turns itself on and off, you just handle your drives and ignore it! Working with one raid drive and one non-raid at the same time through the hub is going really well thus far. It's already noticably faster then running through an express card like i used to.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Hub

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    I use this hub together with a couple of eSata drives. It's truly plug-and-play, and I've had no problems with it in more than three months now. The speeds increased several times. The hub does exactly what it says on the tin. All in all good value and simply a good product!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I was hoping for

    • Written by

    I work as a video editor and this hub is very helpful in my work. I can hook up several eSATA drives, and swap project files in no time. The transfer speeds are very good. I'd recommend this product.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    • Written by from Austin

    What can I say, it does exactly what Lacie says it will. I connected two esata hard drives to the Lacie hub and then from the hub to my MacBook Pro via Thunderbolt and it worked great. Plug and play, NO drivers required and very fast speeds. I was also able to daisy chain two of these devices together, since they have two thunderbolt ports, and connect three esata devices. I had two drives and a card reader, worked great.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly

    • Written by

    Bought this to use with my MacBook Pro. It works great. Easy to setup. Good speeds. I use it with RAID drives via eSATA interface to store media archives. It's a great way to make the most of the Thunderbolt connection. So far I'm very pleased!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Value

    • Written by

    Picked up one of these after upgrading my MacBook Pro. I was curious to see how it would work and whether there would be a significant increase in speed. After a couple of months of everyday use, I haven't had one problem with the hub. It does exactly what it says on the tin - fast, reliable and I can keep using my existing eSata drives.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well!

    • Written by

    This product worked well right out of the box. It allows really nice transfer speeds, and works perfectly with my eSata drives. I copied 4TB worth of RAW pictures from one drive to another way faster than it used to take with Firewire. Its a very handy tool for anybody who needs to transfer large amounts of data.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A bit pricy but totally worth it

    • Written by

    I've recently upgraded my MacBook and needed to connect my eSATA drives. This hub came in very handy. Backups are much faster now.. Brilliant!

    7 of 8 people found this useful