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Handling Drives beyond external enclosure and Docking Station limitations over long term - How?

Now I work purely off laptops and have not needed a Desktop machine in a long time, except for when I need to mess with Large Hard Drives for my NAS.

I have a Synology NAS and there have been times when I've wanted to / had to run Stuff on the drives outside of the Box.

Until now, a trusty old SATA to USB 2.0 dongle would do fine, but it has these limitations
- USB 2 - Slow -
- USB to SATA Chip - Brings its own limitations so even if I had USB 3 - It wouldnt be a pure SATA/ eSATA
- Unable to handle and see full 3TB drive - Limitation past 2 TB

So I went online and looked up possibilities that go beyond -

Found some Enclosures and Docking stations (e.g. here)
http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-SuperSpeed-Docking-Station-Cooling/dp/B0055PL2YI

Has been tested to handle drives upto 4 TB.

So I am wondering if I can get a longer term solution here instead of these little limited boxes by having a small Box for these purposes.

My question is what kind of STORAGE HANDLING LIMITATIONS are there on certain MOTHERBOARDS and CPUs ?

If you think this would get more responses / be better asked / discussed in another Forum/ Sub Forum (a Motherboard or RAID one.. do let me know - Hopefully we can COPY/ MOVE it there).

Thoughts?
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This really does look like a great option for you. I've been using a USB 2.0/eSATA docking station using eSATA 90% of the time, and it works great for accessing needed data off drives. It isn't very portable. And you are right, it doesn't look very long term. Is it just going to sit on your desk, or will it move around with you?

Something like this might work, but eSATA seems to be the better of the two connections (vs USB 3.0).

Vantec NexStar MX Dual Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 / eSATA RAID Enclosure
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Eric smile.gif Thank you for replying - I have looked at a bunch of such enclosures and docking stations. Even if they are eSATA the issue is they all typically come with some LIMITATION - e.g. Limitation of the SIZE of Hard Drive they will be able to handle/ support.

So my question is what kind kind of Limits do most CPU & Motherboards have when it comes to STORAGE ACCESS/ Hard Drives?

I think even a slightly older (1-2) years old MoBo with SATA would support larger and more Hard Drives than Most Docking Stations/ Enclosures ?

I am wondering if I should get a Small Box - Like a Mini/ Micro/ Pico or Raspberry (not exactly Raspberry) - A barebones CPU-MOBO with SATA (maybe even PATA) for the times I need to PLAY with the Hard Drives - Kind of like a little DIAGNOSTICS Box.
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This really does look like a great option for you. I've been using a USB 2.0/eSATA docking station using eSATA 90% of the time, and it works great for accessing needed data off drives. It isn't very portable. And you are right, it doesn't look very long term. Is it just going to sit on your desk, or will it move around with you?

Something like this might work, but eSATA seems to be the better of the two connections (vs USB 3.0).

Vantec NexStar MX Dual Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 / eSATA RAID Enclosure
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