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Works, but with risks
on December 6, 2014
While it generally works well, there are a couple of extremely serious gotcha's to beware of --
First, under no circumstances should you try to connect 2 of these things to a single computer. I did that for a video editing project (connecting a 15" 2012 Macbook Pro to 2 Firmtek eSATA housings with SSDs) and somehow it started scrambling video files between the two sets of drives. It's painful to recall the incredible sinking feeling I got when I saw it inexplicably destroying huge video files I had been working on for a week. It took two days to recover and rebuild that project -- and these days who has 2 extra days to spare on a video editing project?
Second, it has the problem of all ExpressCard slots in that it just can't hold onto the ExpressCard. Move the box while it is connected with those not-very-flexible eSATA cables and it is extremely likely to disconnect.
So it fills a need and normally it works fine, but use it carefully.