View Full Version : SuperDuper safe with eSATA external RAID1 drive?

08-10-2010, 03:38 PM
Just wondering if using SuperDuper in "Copy All Files/Smart Backup" mode was safe with an eSATA connection to an external CalDigit or does it make any difference? I can choose between eSATA and FW800.


08-10-2010, 04:19 PM
If the eSATA connection is reliable then I can't think of any reason not to use it. Most apps, including SuperDuper!, won't notice or care if it's eSATA or FW800.

08-10-2010, 04:48 PM
Exactly: we don't care. Note, though: it's highly unlikely your drive will boot from eSATA. But when you need to start up from it, you can switch to FW or USB (on Intel).

08-16-2010, 06:09 PM
So far that has proven to be the case. My SD backup on my CalDigit VR MINI even boots whan connected as eSATA...


08-16-2010, 06:10 PM
Good to hear. Not true with all eSATA controllers.

08-16-2010, 06:18 PM
My eSATA connection for my CalDigit external RAID drives is plugged into the eSATA optical connectors on my MacPro's motherboard. I will say the the on-board electronics on CalDigit external drives is 100% state of the art... so I'm not sure if the external boot is possible due to the way my eSATA is connected or because of the controller hardware used on-board the external drive itself.