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About austinpike

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  1. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Maybe Apple is the diamond, Quo is a ruby. Or an emerald. Or something else in between. If you want rock solid reliability, get a genuine mac. Yes there are minor issues. Occasionally on boot I will get only a frozen Quo splash screen, and have to restart. Thunderbolt is not hot-swappable. I get audio drop when coming out of sleep. (I never use sleep so I've not bothered to troubleshoot it. Machines boot so quickly now with SSD, no big deal.) That's pretty much it. It is reliable enough I can work on it day-in and day-out and never think about it not being a real Mac. In my mind this board is a piece of history. I think it's amazing that Quo managed to get it produced. Of course there are cheaper boards, but you can't really get this combination of features (firewire, thunderbolt, microATX - not to mention the BIOS support) anywhere else at any price.
  2. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    I installed the MacDrive trial, it hangs on write in Windows 7 as well. Have no Linux installs, could download something another day if you think it would help find a solution. If it were up to me I would send the M550 back and try another brand, but it was purchased through our IT dept so that would be a pain. Only other thing I can think of is the M550 formats to 1.02TB. Is there any possible issue with a volume >1TB? (in combo with HFS+ and TB of course.)
  3. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Q1: Yes, I have 3 of the adapters, I tried all of them with the M550 on the MacPro and they all work as expected. Q2: It is only an issue when the drive is formatted with HFS+. So I can't write to it in Windows to test without 3rd party software. If I reformat to exFAT it reads/writes fine on the TB adapter in OSX and Windows. So I could certainly just leave it as exFAT, or use an eSATA dock instead of TB. Just an odd issue I was hoping to track down.
  4. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    fwiw, I've got two TB drives and a USB keyboard plugged in the back and haven't noticed any issues with disconnects. It says "no devices found" even with TB devices attached. My drives show up under SATA as "Thunderbolt AHCI Controller" ___________________________________________________________________________________ I've got an issue with a new 1TB Crucial M550 SSD on a Seagate thunderbolt sled. Writing to the SSD is cripplingly slow (like, progress bar says an hour to copy 5GB.) But copying -from- the drive is perfectly fine. I've also got a 240GB Seagate 600 SSD that performs just fine (reads and writes.) Writing to the Crucial via TB is also fine on my new MacPro at work. Other things I've tried: • swapped sleds, cables, ports - no difference. • plug the Crucial into an internal sata port - reads/writes at full speed. • connect the Crucial to via a Seagate USB3 connector - reads/writes at full USB3 speed. • reformat the Crucial to exFAT - reads/writes at full speed on Thunderbolt. So, specifically the only "slow" condition is writing to the Crucial while formatted with MacOS Extended on Thunderbolt connected to the Quo. Anyone have an idea what could be going on here? Is there something in the BIOS that could be tweaked?