External Hard Drive Case

[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.

Greg

Greg is the head cat at JumbleCat, with over 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has done everything from programming to hardware solutions. You can contact Greg via the contact form on the main menu above.

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Greg

Greg is the head cat at JumbleCat, with over 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has done everything from programming to hardware solutions. You can contact Greg via the contact form on the main menu above.