HighPoint RocketU Quad USB 3.0 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 RAID HBA for Mac
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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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Installed in my MacPro. Spent hours trying to get it to work but just couldn't get it working. Very disappointed.Published on August 24, 2014 by Abraham Friedman
This has never worked right. As an IT professional I would stay away form this card due to nothing but problems. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Mac Pro 12 x2.93ghz
Test drive: Seagate External 4TB
Testing Software: Quickbench 4. Read more
On it's own, it works nicely. But when both the Sonnet eSata card and the Highpoint USB card and placed into the mac. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by W.H.
I should have read the reviews in more detail. A lot of other people had the same problems I did. Seems to be only compatible with HD's. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Adam Palmer
Wasn't sure if this would work in my early 2008 Mac Pro or not, although my research and the HighPoint website all made it look like it would. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Dr. Dave
Just received this product and poped it into my 2012 Mac Pro with Mountain Lion on it and it works great! Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Tristan
I purchased this unit for my 2010 mac pro 8 core to hook up more hard drives. I use the 3TB drives from costco. Sometimes I might get one drive to work. Read more
I could not get this card to work. The technical support stated specifically that there was a conflict with 10.7.5, and implied that it was an Apple problem. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by Xmarc999