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I am thinking about getting a docking station or external enclosure for backup and will be upgrading to larger drives (4tb and up) when they come out. All the docking stations and external enclosures advertise 2tb drive support and stuff like that. Are some enclosures incapable of seeing large drives or this just marketing jibberish? Will external enclosures have any problems with 4tb and larger drives?

edit:

I just found this thread

http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...rt-wd-3tb.html

According to this it should work fine.
Edited by Vegetables - 2/1/11 at 10:35am
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I am thinking about getting a docking station or external enclosure for backup and will be upgrading to larger drives (4tb and up) when they come out. All the docking stations and external enclosures advertise 2tb drive support and stuff like that. Are some enclosures incapable of seeing large drives or this just marketing jibberish? Will external enclosures have any problems with 4tb and larger drives?
I think they might have a problem above 2.1 tb (they can all support up to 2.1) because of the thing with the LBA limit. I don't think current ones support the Long lba standard required for above 2.1tb. Not sure though, don't take my word for it
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I think they might have a problem above 2.1 tb (they can all support up to 2.1) because of the thing with the LBA limit. I don't think current ones support the Long lba standard required for above 2.1tb. Not sure though, don't take my word for it
I was wondering about that as well. I've found threads on other forums via google search in which people said their 40gb enclosure ran their 160gb hard drive fine and so on....but couldn't find any info about 2tb+ drives.
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