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Old 11-07-2012, 03:23 AM   #1
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Hi

Has anyone seen these SATA/IDE Adapters around. Here's a link to one below.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/USB-2-0-t...#ht_3442wt_911

I'm trying to find out what the maximum capacity (Gig's, Megabytes or Terabytes) hard drive I can use on these would be. Have asked the sellers but they give me mixed answers so I thought someone may have used these before.
Any advice on this would be appreciated. Thanks
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No but I do like it..
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I have used one of these before for a couple of drives, can be very handy!

Unfortunately i have no idea in regards to capacity limits, i don't see why they would have a capacity limit as they just make your computer see the drive as an external hard drive?

I've used this on a 500Gb 3.5 Sata, 160Gb 2.5 Sata and an 80Gb 2.5 IDE all without problems.
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Thanks for coming back. I'll tell you why I think it may have a limit. I remember a couple of years ago I bought a 500gb hard drive and tried to put it in an existing external hard drive enclosure I had, but it just wouldn't work. I took the drive back to the store and was told that I needed a hard drive enclosure which would take a larger capacity hard drive. So I had to buy another one.

That's what I'm trying to avoid now. There are a whole range of these things on ebay. Prices range from $7 to $30 so I'm not sure if the more expensive ones have a higher capacity or not.

I'll initially be using IDE on this but will later use SATA.

What do you think?
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Hmmmmm in which case you have reached the extent of my knowledge, i can not personally see why they would have a storage limit but they may well do given your past experience.

I would have thought if there was a difference in storage limit the higher priced ones would be bragging about it, as a selling point?
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Yes indeed. That is probably a fact.
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I remember a couple of years ago I bought a 500gb hard drive and tried to put it in an existing external hard drive enclosure I had, but it just wouldn't work. I took the drive back to the store and was told that I needed a hard drive enclosure which would take a larger capacity hard drive. So I had to buy another one.
One word: Retail.

The adapters / enclosures do not have a hard storage limit unless it is explicitly engineered into them. I own a couple of Rosewill models (Newegg house brand) and I use a few other non-brands at work, and we've used them on everything from old 80GB first gen SATAs to the latest 3TB model drives. They work fine.

A drive connector like this is just an interface bridge. The spec is pretty universal. I think the store was just trying to make a quick buck on you.
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Well, it wouldn't work on that enclosure no matter what I did though the smaller drive I had worked fine on the original enclosure. There's definitely a limit on the size you can use. I did hear something today though. The person I spoke to said that there isn't a limit on SATA but there is on IDE? Not sure why.. He wasn't a salesman either.

Anyway, take a look at this link.. It specifically says 1TB.

External USB 2.0 -3.5" SATA Hard Disk Drive HDD Caddy Enclosure For Windows | eBay
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Well, I ordered one anyway. At the moment I only have a 500GB drive to test it.. Will see in the future if it will go higher.
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Think I might get one of these. Seem quite handy. dominover please let me know if itís any good.
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