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l008com Mar 31, 2014 05:39 AM
FS: FireWire Bridge Boards, SATA-eSATA Cables
I pulled some parts out of an old drive tower of mine, so I can convert the whole thing to USB.

1) ($50) FireWire 400 to SATA Bridge Board, with power cable. This board also has USB2. It's a standard form factor bridge board, so you can augment older cases with it, or with a little bit of cutting, mount it in any case. Two SATA ports.

http://i.imgur.com/om7wCL4.jpg

2) ($30) FireWire 400 to IDE Bridge Board with power cable. Also a standard sized bridge board. One IDE connector supports Master + Slave or just Master.

http://i.imgur.com/P9ZCTVG.jpg

3/4) ($5) SATA to eSata PCI Slot cables. These fit standard PCI slot openings. You plug the cable into a SATA drive. The external port is eSata.

http://i.imgur.com/6ATImSe.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/rZp7JZI.jpg
 
l008com Apr 2, 2014 09:12 AM
Guys, guys! Please, slow down! Not all at once!
 
davedecay Apr 11, 2014 12:10 AM
I'm guessing that $50 bridge board isn't ringing too many bells.
 
l008com Apr 11, 2014 12:12 AM
None yet. Too bad too, it's a great deal, retail price on one of these is $70, if you can even find them in stock.
 
SSharon Apr 13, 2014 12:17 AM
I don't have a need for these, but I would like to acknowledge the high quality of the pictures.
 
l008com Apr 13, 2014 12:18 AM
ummmmmmm, ok
 
reader50 Apr 13, 2014 12:44 AM
Ditto. I've browsed craigslist before. $1000+ computers for sale, with a fuzzy cellphone pic to asses the merchandise. They don't get any bids from me.

A couple years ago, I'd have snapped up that FW - SATA board. Ended up buying eSATA enclosures and a card, because the FW solutions were too pricey.
 
l008com Apr 13, 2014 12:47 AM
Yeah, the tower these boards came out of are going USB. eSATA is nice and cheap, but it's so hard to get it on a Mac. No Macs have any expansion slots any more, and the only Thunderbolt eSata solution I've seen is a $180 box from Lacie. It's too bad.
 
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