View Full Version : iMac & Burly 5 bay esata compatible?

thomas mcconville
01-29-2009, 01:51 PM
Hi everyone,
I have a Burly 5 bay pm enclosure that I use with my Powermac G4 Quicksilver, I just got a new 24" iMac and was wondering if I could somehow hook the Burly enclosure to my iMac, is this possible?

01-29-2009, 02:28 PM

Afraid to say that there is no way to attach eSATA to an iMac. eSATA, at least in Macs, requires that the host computer have some sort of expansion slot: PCI, PCI-X, PCIe, Cardbus or Express34, Express54. Some Windows motherboards ship with onboard eSATA support, no Mac does at this time.

The only way to attach external storage to an iMac, MacBook or Mini is to use either Firewire or USBm FIrewire being much the favored bus since it is far more efficient than USB.

The Burly enclosures are all basically the same with different interface boards in the back. The Port Multiplier enclosures are the simplest and least expensive when compared to Firewire since one PM board can attach up to 5 drives. With Firewire one FW bridgeboard can attach at most 2 drives. SO a 5 bay enclosure would require 3 Firewire bridges.

The parts list to convert your Burly to Firewire is:

3 x Firewire bridges (http://www.macgurus.com/cgi-bin/ccp51/cp-app.cgi?pg=prod&ref=DOIF8UC-S)

And an external FW800 to FW800 cable (http://www.macgurus.com/cgi-bin/ccp51/cp-app.cgi?pg=prod&ref=FW88-6) to connect to your iMac.

The bridges will come with 1 foot jumper cables to chain them. And the internal data cables will unplug from the PM board and plug into the Firewire bridges. We would have to make sure we included a couple power adapter cables as well.