Thread: 3TB external drive enclosures
05-20-2012, 03:42 AM #1
3TB external drive enclosures
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- May 20, 2012
I recently bought a new 3TB drive to use as an external backup (not time machine). I quickly discovered that I needed an enclosure that can handle 3TB drives. I have tried several and had no luck. Some recognize the drive, but only show 800GB max capacity, others don't appear at all, even in disk utility.
Does anyone have luck/success with finding a reliable SATA drive enclosure that works with macs, and can handle 3TB or larger drives.
05-20-2012, 02:16 PM #2
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- Jan 23, 2008
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Late 2013 27" iMac, iPad 3, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
We've had this come up before. Most enclosures can only handle drives up to around 1 TB. There are some which purport to be able to do 2 TB. OWC sells one for $79.99 which can do up to 4 TB, a bit pricey but high quality: LINK
If you only need to access the drive one or two times, you can use an adapter instead. Adapters are not very elegant but they work. Here is one sold by Other World Computing: LINK
Notice that it supports drives up to 3 TB and for $29.99 is well worth the cost.
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