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As discussed in the upcoming HSS and BYOB podcasts, the WD 3t worked well in W7 and Vail so based on suggestions from Dave, I tried it in a USB enclosure. Did not recognize correctly and it would not partition as full capacity. Great idea but no cigar.

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Any specific enclosure? I've got one of those Simple Save HP external enclosures laying around somewhere that I would like to try it with. Just can't part with those kind of funds for a simple test! I'm betting that most all of the externals out there today won't recognize it. Just a guess though.

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I would suspect that an older USB enclosure might not recognize it while an e-Sata enclosure might see it with no issues. Like Dave said, hard to part with funds just to confirm a hunch.

 

Update:

 

LaCie is now offering a 3TB external:

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You guys mentioned initializing 3 TB HDDs as Basic Disks (versus GPT disks). And you were wondering, after Disk Management recognized 2.19 TB's, if it's possible to partition and format the remaining space? I can't answer that directly, as I don't own a 3 TB drive yet, but I believe the answer is no. Tell you why. A couple days ago, I set up (2) 2 TB drives in RAID 0 which resulted in a ~3.8 TB drive. When I booted up and ran Disk Management, I had the option of initializing the RAID drive as GPT but instead chose Basic Disk. The RAID drive initialized as having two sections - 2.19 TB + 1.6 TB. I partitioned and quick formatted the entire 2.19 TB section. When I attempted to partition the 1.7 TB section, I could not as the option was grayed out. I'm guessing this is what would happen if one were to initialize a 3 TB HDD as Basic Disk.

 

Will I buy one? Not until they drop about $100 or so in price. But the thought of a server loaded with 3 TB drives is tempting.

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Dave,

 

The USB enclosure I used was a Thermaltake 5G USB 3.0.

 

DVN,

 

That is pretty interesting, did not think of exceeding the 2.2T limit using RAID but it makes sense. I think I would agree with your statement about not being able to use the balance unless you format as a GPT drive. It is working so well in Vail that I can not wait to get more of them. I thing the sweet spot for me based on value is closer to $159 as we will not see them at $100 for quite some time especially if they keep sending that silly controller board with it as that drives the cost up a bit. I am watching the sales and hope that they start appearing soon. I have a vision of putting together 15-20T in a mid tower case and this would let me do it. I am starting to collect hardware for Vail so I will be ready when it hits release. You have been the goto guy for raid lately, first SSD's, now 2T caviars. You are my hero.

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Ha. The knowledge I have of RAID you could fit in a thimble. Ok, perhaps a Dixie cup. But yes, I am having some fun with it. Something I did not think of was to create a 2 TB RAID0 (instead of using the total capacity of the two drives as I did) and then see if I could create another RAID 0/1 which I believe is what Intel supports with Matrix. Then boot up and see if I can use both partitions.

 

By the way, that RAID0 config has been broken up and the drives are now back in my Vail and MSS servers.

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