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Master Geek
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Topic # 86424 6-Jul-2011 16:45
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I'm just looking to use a 2TB Seagate HDD as an external drive via USB, but many of the enclosures either specify "up to  800GB" or similar or don't specify a number...

What is it that determines whether an external enclosure will support a 2TB drive? The Sata controller?

Alternatively, there are really cheap SATAtoUSB adapters on trademe - anyone tried these with a 2TB drive?


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  Reply # 490157 6-Jul-2011 16:55
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I have both a cheap USB to SATA adaptor and a cheap enclosure off trademe, but I've never tried either with a drive that large.

If you're in Auckland you're free to come over and test either one. Happy to sell one of them to you as well.

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  Reply # 491070 8-Jul-2011 13:31
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All that I have tried were fine on the old 2TB drive, I have not tried an advanced format one on either of the USB bridges that I have here tho.

3TB is where I expect to see the problems come up.


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  Reply # 491084 8-Jul-2011 13:55
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funny just got a reply from 2 different trade me guys selling the same product (link in first post) and one of them says it definitely won't cope with 2tb and the other says it's fine...

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  Reply # 491504 9-Jul-2011 20:12
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There should be no problems with the size of the drive, the main problem is how its formatted. If there is a problem, I think reformatting would probably detect that it just needs a bigger cluster size or something similar. Otherwise there might be a limit on the size of each partition, but no reason why you couldnt use 2 partitions (ie partition it as 2 drives in the "Disk Management" screen).

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