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CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 - eSATA and USB 3.0 Combo Card for Mac and PC


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Item model numberFASTA 6GU3
  
Additional Information
ASINB005X8NW36
Shipping Weight7.2 ounces
Date First AvailableNovember 2, 2011
  
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Contacted CalDIgit support and they were no help.
jrdeal
This card does not recognize usb 3.0 hubs.... The chipset they use is for storage devices only.
Jerry & Denise
Then, my Mac Pro (mid 2012) had a kernel panic and restarted.
Jon Holcombe

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Holmes on August 7, 2012
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This is the only USB card that I've been able to get to work in my 2009 Mac Pro, and so far it's great. It's working in Mountain Lion with a Lexar USB 3 Card Reader and a Firmtek eSATA drive enclosure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By gb on May 21, 2013
Third update: OWC sent me replacements of both Caldigit card and their Voyager Q external device to see if the items had manufacturing defects.

Long story short, the replacements had the same panic kernel as described. The Mac Pro boots fine if the Voyager Q is off or doesn't have a drive inserted, however, I get a panic kernel every time if the Voyager Q is on, a drive is inserted, it is connected via USB3, and I boot the Mac. The work around is easy enough, just leave the Voyager Q off when booting.

Second update: I am updating my original two-star review to four stars now that I've had a few weeks to work with it.

I suspect the panic kernal is a conflict with the OWC macsales new Voyager Q bridge, OWC has offered to send me new replacements for the Caldigit and Voyager Q I just purchased from them. I suspect that won't solve the problem, but I will update this if I can solve it...

Otherwise, the Caldigit card seems pretty solid as advertised, including no sleep issues on my 2008 Mac Pro 3,1.

ORIGINAL 2-STAR REVIEW:

I just bought a CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 new from macsales and within several boots after installing the USB 3 driver, I hit a Panic kernel. CalDigit's USB driver "com.CalDigit.driver.CalDigitUSBxHCI(1.3.8a2)[F4AA3EBC-9193-31D6-89AF-D7D1AF1" was in the top of the Apple crash report as a prime suspect.

My two stars will be updated as I get more information, but feel users should be aware of this before possibly wasting their time (like I am) troubleshooting and returning stuff that don't work.

First I am an experienced Mac troubleshooter and workflow consultant (this is my first experience with Caldigit).

The workstation is a 2008 Mac Pro 3,1, 20GB RAM, system 10.7.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tom California on March 8, 2013
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I purchased this card for mac pro late 2008 to take advantage of usb3 for a new ix500 scansnap scanner usb3 option. Installation was easy. I downloaded the usb3 drivers without difficulty. I plugged in my scanner and my computer went black and shutdown. I called cal digit support and got a prompt response. They informed me that the card is only designed to support storage devices and not scanners. I did not see this in the documentation before ordering. Other than the inability to support scanners my experience was good. I am, however, giving this 3 stars to warn others of the problem.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marc R. Feldesman on March 1, 2013
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I bought this card to replace a flaky Sonnet Allegro USB 3.0 card. The Caldigit offered the two extra sata ports, which I'm unlikely to use right now. My initial experience with the board was totally negative. Upon initial installation (card and drivers), I received a fatal exception and it brought the whole system down. After finally getting the system to reboot successfully (Mountain Lion, 10.8.x), I was able to get to the CalDigit site and find slightly updated drivers for Mountain Lion. My Mac Pro is the latest model, a 6 core 3.33 GHz Xeon with 32 GB RAM. However, my Hoodman USB 3.0 Steel CF/SD card reader appeared dead and non-functioning. I know from prior experience that the choice of card readers is a particular problem with Mac Pros and USB 3 cards. I keep several around for that reason. I decided to try the more standard Lexar USB 3.0 card reader. Upon unplugging the Hoodman cable from the USB 3.0 port, the system kernel panicked and shut down (no grey screen, just jet black). I turned the machine off. Let it sit for awhile, and then rebooted. Upon successful reboot, I plugged in the Lexar USB 3.0 card reader, made sure I had ITS latest firmware (I did), and proceeded to insert a CF card. Blue lights came on the card reader, and my photo cataloging program came to life. Success! Buoyed, I tried to import all the photos and they just screamed through (as screaming as 40MB files can go from a Nikon D800). Import successful. Next try, an SD card. Same result.

My conclusion is that like all of the other USB 3.0 cards I've tried (Sonnet, LaCie, and now CalDigit), the CalDigit will work with the Lexar reader consistently. None work with the Hoodman, which is unfortunate because the Hoodman is the only one with pin protectors for the CF card.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Mich on September 6, 2013
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I did a lot of research into adding USB 3.0 to my late 2008 Mac Pro 3,1. This card seemed to have the best reviews - really the only card that seemed stable across all Mac Pro models. Luckily, the card does work great!

I pulled out my older 3G eSata 2x PCI card and popped the Caldigit into the same PCI slot. Booted up the Mac, and the eSata worked out of the box. eSata ports recognized and transferred files between both of my external devices - a single 2TB drive, and a 4 x 2TB Probox enclosure.

The card comes with an installer CD which includes USB 3.0 drivers for OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 as well as Windows. I installed the 10.6 (I am running 10.6.8 Snow Leopard on my Mac) driver, and rebooted. Upon restart, I connected my external USB 3.0 drive and it worked great! Fast transfer speeds, and seemed stable.

I finally have USB 3.0 on my Mac!
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