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I'm looking at putting a 3tb HD into an esata enclosure I already have (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-043-_-Product). I'm a little confused about 3TB drives and how compatible it will be.

1. I'll be using it on win 7 pro x64, and will *not* be booting from the drive. Is this guaranteed to work as it is or do I need a specific esata card that supports 3TB?

I believe the computer does not have an external esata port (there may be an esata port on the mobo - I need to check, it's a year old HP box) so:

2. Is there a difference between esata and regular sata? If the motherboard can handle a 3TB drive on it's regular sata connector could I just plug a drive bay esata connection in and hook up a sata cable between the two?

3. If I can't do this then I guess I will most likely need an esata card too - recommendations of quality *reliable* cards would be good.

4. Also the enclosure I have claims it only supports 2TB max, is this just for the USB option? I can't imagine the enclosure could limit it when in esata mode?

5. Also any opinion over hitachi vs wd green?

6. Would I be better off just using USB 3 with a new enclosure rather than esata?

Thanks for the help!
     
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Only thing I can shed light on is recommending WD drives over Hitachi never had a single issue with any WD drives while had many friends with Hitachi and Samsung drive failing well before there lifespan was up.
    
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