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Supports 3TB drives - yipee!
on December 5, 2011
I own three of these enclosures - 2 silver and 1 black, if it matters.
I bought them because they support 3TB hard drives (under Windows 7 64 bit), which is what I am in fact using with these 2 of these(Hitachi 5400RPMs), plus 1 Seagate 1.5TB @ 7200RPM. You have to format them properly (GPT, not MBR) to get the full 3TB (actually 2.8, but who is counting?).
I also own a couple of the version that includes a USB 3.0 port. I recommend those over this version for the added versatility. The eSATA port is being phased out of the newer notebooks. Transfer rates will be the same regardless because internally this enclosure support SATA 3gbs but not SATA 6gbs.
The Seagate 7200RPM drive was running quite hot in my external USB 3 dock, but is now as cool as a cucumber in this enclosure. The fan makes a difference.
The fan is a bit noisy, but can be turned off, as other reviewers have noted. It is an oddball size (80mm), and therefore cannot be easily replaced, so hope for the best. I suspect the huge metal case will provide pretty good heat dissipation regardless.
The lights are obnoxious, but who cares?
This enclosure is built like a Mac truck. It works well.
I recommend it.