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HighPoint RocketU Quad USB 3.0 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 RAID HBA for Mac

2.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • Max Performance up to 20Gb/s
  • Optimized for external USB SSD's, hard drives and drive enclosures
  • PCI-Express Gen 2 x4
  • 4 USB 3.0 Super Speed Speed Type-A ports (5Gb/s per port)
  • Supports up to 4 external USB HDD/SSD
  • Supports RAID 0, 1 and JBOD
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1
  • Supports OS X 10.5 - 10.7.4

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Designed exclusively for the Mac Pro and the Mac OS X operating system, the RocketU Quad USB 3.0 is a 4-Port PCI-E 2.0 x4 RAID HBA. The RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac Mac delivers class-leading 20Gb/s transfer bandwidth, and is optimized for external SSD and hard drive configurations. The RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac will recognize pre-configured external hard disks and SSD’s, and it’s intuitive web-based Management interface allows you to quickly and easily configure RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD arrays.

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Product Dimensions 7.8 x 6.8 x 1.2 inches
Item Weight 5.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 4.2 ounces
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ASIN B005K8AXN6
Item model number RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac
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2.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

2.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #143 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > I/O Port Cards > SCSI Port Cards
Date first available at Amazon.com September 1, 2011

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At first, this device did not work for me at all in my MacPro 3.1 (2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon running OSX 10.6.8). The RocketU card would not recognise my WD USB 3 My Book drives and mostly did not recognise other USB 2 devices either. Highpoint tech support issued a new driver dated 29 December 2011. Installation of the driver update caused system hangs and crashes but wIth persistence, I got the RocketU Quad working with my USB 3 drives. Sadly, my optimism was short lived. I have since experienced seemingly unexplained system crashes, hanging on startups and find myself continually having to zap the PRAM on my Mac to get access to my previously well tuned machine. I now dread having to shutdown and restart my computer and hope that a future driver update will provide a remedy.

UPDATE: It's now November 2012 ... several MAC OSX updates later and I thought I would give the RocketU Card another try under Mountain Lion with the latest Highpoint Technologies driver and WD My Book firmware. The card worked briefly before I upgraded the WD My Book firmware, then would not work at all after restarting my Mac. The RocketU card also began to upset the swiss-clock workings of my Mac Pro (2nd monitor and other hard drives, all of which I have NEVER had problems with in the past). So I'm pulling out the card, AGAIN. Very disappointed.
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I was weary on buying this item due to many negative reviews, however it still remains the best choice for MacPro users. Some of the negative reviews on this item is due to the reviewers not understanding this item's description. This item is designed for external storage devices, not for charging, not for USB hubs, and not for card readers. I perchased this item to run three 8bay external storage devices set up in raid50 and raid0 (thats 24 hard drives!). I recieved the item very fast, as always with Amazon. I installed it in my 2009 MacPro 4,1 and installed the software. After rebooting, I connected my USB 3.0 devices and had no isues. I then rebooted using my traditional eSata card, and I am not a pro with data or speed transfers, but the speed differance from the 3.0 to the eSata was definatly noticible. eSata was slower. I re-connected using the USB 3.0 cable and have been using this set up for a few weeks now. So far I have no issues, and I still have room for another device with the luxery of four ports! I reccommend this to anyone that is only wanting to run external hard drives with USB 3.0 speed on a MacPro 2009 and newer.
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Unlike the previous reviewer, I did not have success with this card. I installed the card on a 2008 Mac Pro (intel), which boots both Mac Os Lion 10.7.2 and Windows 7, and installed the drivers for both operating systems.

I do not yet have a USB 3.0 drive to test; I had wanted to verify that the card worked before I invested in USB 3.0 hardware. However, the card is advertised as being fully USB 2.0 backward compatible, so I tried it with several USB devices. On the Mac, the card would not recognize a USB 2.0 external drive, and would not recognize several USB 2.0 memory card readers. In fact, of all the devices I tried on the Mac, the highpoint 1144AM card only recognized a single USB 2.0 SD card reader.

When I booted my computer to windows, the card recognized all USB 2.0 devices I tried. So, the problem is with the Mac driver, not with the hardware itself.

I contacted tech support at highpoint; this was a somewhat trying experience. Their final advise was that the card will only work USB 3.0 hard drives and USB 3.0 flash memory devices under the MacOS.

Given this limited functionality, the relatively high cost of the card, and my rather unpleasant experience with highpoint's tech support, I would not recommend this card for the Mac.
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When I boot my computer, SOMETIMES the drives get recognized, sometimes they dont. Highpoint still has not updated the drivers for Mountain Lion, so this may be the cause. Their support is horrible, so don't bother trying to email them and ask when the drivers will be ready. They don't seem to care.

Speed is great, when the drives are recognized. I'd give this 5 stars if the drivers actually worked.

FYI - Mac users...Time Machine is not recognized if you are trying to reinstall your OS from a backup. Your computer must be completely booted up in order for this to work. That is a shame.
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I bought this card for my Mid 2010 Mac Pro running OSX 10.7.4. My initial draw to this card was that it is one of the only cards not he market with 4 ports. With as much photo equipment as I have plugged into my machine at any given time I figured that 4 ports would come in handy and would eliminate the clutter of additional hubs and cable on my desktop. As always Amazon shipped the product quickly and it arrived right on time. I installed the card and it simply won't recognize anything that I plug into it. I went to the High Point web site and downloaded the latest driver and still no luck. I'm not sure who runs HighPoint Technologies but their web site is one of the most poorly constructed sites that I have ever had the displeasure of navigating. Stay away from this card!! I've ordered a replacement so we'll see how that goes....
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