LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series

LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series

$179.95

4.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 40 reviews

Free Shipping

Available to ship:
1-2 weeks

Product Information

  • Overview

    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.

    About Thunderbolt

    Thunderbolt is a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices via one simple port and a cable that carries both DisplayPort and PCI Express data. And it’s standard on every Mac.

    PCI Express is the technology that links all the high-performance components in a Mac. And it’s built into Thunderbolt, which means you can get PCI Express speed outside the box.

    Thunderbolt gives you up to 10 Gbps in both directions, allowing for super-fast data transfer between peripherals. You also have enough bandwidth to daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices without using a hub or switch.

    Thunderbolt also provides double the power of USB 3.0, delivering 10 watts to peripherals for improved performance on the go.

    Thunderbolt also provides double the power of USB 3.0, delivering 10 watts to peripherals for improved performance on the go.

  • Highlights

    • 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 For

    Connect 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
  • Tech Specs

    • Other Features: Dual Band
    • Connections: eSATA, Thunderbolt
    • Power Source: External power supply
    • Height: 3.3 in./8.5 cm
    • Width: 1.6 in./4 cm
    • Weight: 1.4 lb./650 g
    • Length: 5.5 in./14 cm
  • System Requirements

    Mac

    • OS X 10.6 or later
    • eSATA hard drive(s)
    • Thunderbolt port
    • Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: 9000186
    • UPC or EAN No.: 093053840570

    Warranty

    • 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)

    Manufacturer Note

    • Thunderbolt cable sold separately

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (4.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • LaCie eSATA Hub works well with 4big

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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.

    • Written by from Beaverton

    60 of 63 people found this useful

    Was this useful? LaCie eSATA Hub works well with 4big
  • Plug-and-play and Double My Transfer Speed

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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.

    • Written by from Centreville

    42 of 45 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Plug-and-play and Double My Transfer Speed
  • Thunderbolt to eSATA Nirvana

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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.

    • Written by from Sherwood Park

    35 of 36 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Thunderbolt to eSATA Nirvana
  • Does what it says

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Using it on Mavericks, w/ (2) G-Drive eSatas, Thunderbolted to iMac 27". So far works great. Fast speeds, even with 2 drives mou 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.

    • Written by from West Hills

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Does what it says
  • This does not work for Mavericks

    1.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by from Hamilton

    12 of 14 people found this useful

    Was this useful? This does not work for Mavericks
  • A Great Boost in Speed

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    To say we've got a lot of data to work with is an understatement, but daisy-chaining a bunch of drives though a couple of these an To say we've got a lot of data to work with is an understatement, but daisy-chaining a bunch of drives though a couple of these and the jump in transfers makes my life a lot easier. I've been using this for over six months now, and so far it has been working flawlessly.

    • Written by

    5 of 5 people found this useful

    Was this useful? A Great Boost in Speed

Questions & Answers

Answers from the community