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Hard drive enclosure question

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Renoir, 2 Dec 2006.

  1. Renoir

    Renoir What's a Dremel?

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    Been looking at some external drive enclosures and noticed that many of them mention a size limit e.g. 400GB and was wandering why this was. What limits the enclosures from using higher capacity drives?
     
  2. M4RTIN

    M4RTIN What's a Dremel?

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    thickness of the drive?

    i dont know how thick a 400gb is but i have one 80gb and one 250gb. both seagates and tha 250 is quite a bit thicker than the 80
     
  3. r4tch3t

    r4tch3t hmmmm....

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    It is in the controller that they use, some controllers are not designed to address such large capacity drive. Its a bit like the old motherboards not taking larger drives.
     
  4. Renoir

    Renoir What's a Dremel?

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    Can anyone else confirm that it's the controller that limits the drive capacity?

    If so does anyone know if the controllers in these enclosures can be firmware upgraded to support higher capacities?
     
  5. crazydeep74

    crazydeep74 What's a Dremel?

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    uhh, no.
     
  6. Sloth

    Sloth #yolo #swag

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    It's the controller, maybe the ventilation but I doubt it so highly that I don't know why I just said it.
     
  7. Renoir

    Renoir What's a Dremel?

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    Anyone know if any of the controllers are firmware upgradeable? Also does the size limit apply to esata connections as I'm sure the enclosures wouldn't need a controller for that?
     
  8. airchie

    airchie What's a Dremel?

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    Ithink esata would be safe but I'm sure it'll say on the esata caddy's web page if it supports greater than 400GB... :)
     
  9. iddqd

    iddqd What's a Dremel?

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    Just buy a drive enclosure that doesn't have a limit on drive size.

    And yes, it's the controller.
     
  10. Renoir

    Renoir What's a Dremel?

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    Could you mention some of these limitless capacity enclosures please. Also my question still stands on whether any of the controllers out there are firmware upgradeable to support higher capacities.
     

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