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"up-to" limit on HDD enclosure?

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I have an old-ish Vantec Nexstar 3 external HDD enclosure (the USB 2 & eSata model), which I bought in +/-2006.

I placed a 320Gb drive into the enclosure at the time, but I would like to upgrade the drive to a 2Tb drive...

I don't have the box / manual anymore, but I've noticed new Vantec products state "up to 1.5Tb" on the back of the box...

This makes me wonder - will I be able to re-purpose this old Nexstar 3 with a 2Tb HDD?

Does anyone know if the "up-to" statement is just marketing-speak, or does external enclosures actually come with a hard-limit on the max size?

Thanks!

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The enclosures generally just state the limit at whatever the current largest drive size is, though currently the 3TB limit would be an exception. Anyway, I don't know if there's a firmware limitation on the enclosure or not, there's usually a little controller board in those things. It's probably worth dropping an email to support there just to be sure, but I'd think you have a better than 50/50 chance. Worst case, enclosures are pretty cheap these days if you need something more modern.

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I have had 2TB drives work in all my external enclosures - 3TB drives are hit or miss.

What I don't understand is why so many eSATA enclosures have logic in them - why don't they just pass the signal through. Most of my external eSATA enclosures are good, but I have one Thermaltake dock that limits throughput to about 90MB/Sec in both directions.

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