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I've been looking at options for external storage and I quite like the idea of plug hard drives in as needed like you can with Thermaltake's Blacx. The USB 2 speed limit doesn't really concern me but I'm a bit puzzled by the 1 TB limit to the disks it will work with.

It seems to me that it should work with any SATA compatible disk. So why the limit? Is this perhaps a purely artificial limit so they can sell us a new unit in a few years (the price per gigabyte sweet spot is already moving to 1.5 TB)

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but I'm a bit puzzled by the 1 TB limit to the disks it will work with.

umm ... it says (under Features as well as under Specifications):

"Supports All 2.5” & 3.5” SATA HDDs up to 2 TB !"

"HDD Capacity: All 2.5” or 3.5” SATA HDD up to 2 TB"

Patented Design: 2.5” & 3.5” USB SATAHDD Docking Station, Supports All 2.5” & 3.5” SATA Hard Drives up to 2 TB !!

and AFAIK, 2 TB HDDs are the largest available consumer hard disc drives available as of now.

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indeed. maybe OP is looking at a retailer's outdated info page -- or worse, outdated stock. –  quack quixote Dec 29 '09 at 22:39
Yes, I was looking at a retailers page. Also, all reviews I found cited the same specs. I failed to notice that Termaltake's site specifies 2 TB. The question remains though, why specify a limit? Is it merely the maximum that they've tested it against? –  Kris Dec 29 '09 at 22:51
Yes, this is the maximum they have tested against. –  ChrisInEdmonton Dec 29 '09 at 23:00
as i said, 2 TB is the maximum size for consumer disks available at the moment. so, they play it safe and claim they're compatible with what is available at the moment. –  Molly7244 Dec 29 '09 at 23:04

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