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Old 12-16-05, 11:01 PM
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80GB limit for external 2.5" HD enclosures?

I'm looking at some external enclosures for 2.5" hard drives. I've seen several mentions of an 80GB limit. Can any tell me where this limit comes from?
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Sounds kinda odd. macally doesn't have that problem. I recommend their enclosures.
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Ditto with Macally.
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Thanks for the suggestion.

I'm still curious about the nature of the 80GB limit specified by many of the enclosures.
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Probably because the 2.5" enclosures use 2.5" notebook drives and those drives mostly top out at 80GB. There are some larger ones but they get pretty expensive.

Do the specs say "up to 80GB" which would imply to me that they handle any drive you're likely to put in there, or do they say something that says they definitely won't handle larger? The only limit should be the same limits you have for 3.5" drives.
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Do the specs say "up to 80GB" which would imply to me that they handle any drive you're likely to put in there, or do they say something that says they definitely won't handle larger? The only limit should be the same limits you have for 3.5" drives.
Here's a link for an enclosure that specifies an 80GB limit:
MASSCOOL UHB-UE209

From the page:
Support up to maximum 80 gigabytes hard disk
They even put it in bold

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The only reason I can think of is that the thickness of the over 80GB drives would be too much for very thin enclosures. A comment at Newegg mentioned how tight the fit is.

Future higher-density, higher-capacity drives won't need to be thicker than current 80s though.
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could be heat too

I think it's Hitachi that has a huge notebook HD out on the market, but the word is that it's pretty hot

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