[sc:hardware-category ]After upgrading my DFS drives on my servers I ran in to another problem, my external USB drive I use for backups didn’t support the 6tb drives.
Normally I keep an offsite backup of my data and VM’s, to do so I use two external USB drives. A one terabyte USB3 (2.5 inch) to hold the VMDK files and a two terabyte USB2 (3.5 inch) to keep a copy of my DFS drive.
I use TrueCrypt to store the data on these drives.
Before I replaced the drives in my servers, I replaced the external drive in the USB2 case. At first everything seemed fine, but when I went to create the 6tb partition things didn’t go so well. At first it seemed to create it, then when I tried to encrypt it TrueCrypt stopped at 2tb.
Whatever chipset the SATA to USB bridge was using just didn’t understand the 6tb drive and so I looked around for a replacement. Most of the current USB3 cases say they support drives up to 4tb but I couldn’t find any that directly said they supported 6 so I took a chance on one.
I dropped the drive in and re-created the partition. Encryption succeeded without issue and a few hours of file copies later (ok, maybe more than a few 🙂 ) I had a valid backup of my DFS drive again.