Originally Posted by pepar
A "chipset" means circuitry between the drive and the 8300HD, something to be avoided, IMO. And any reference to drive size is disturbing; either the capacity number is implying something about the chipset, or they puffed that number out there for marketing purposes as it's the largest currently available.
Well, I was mistaken about the chipset--just read too fast! The only chipsets used in the Apricorn enclosures are for the USB and Firewire versions. The USB version uses a Cypress chipset, and the Firewire version uses an Oxford chipset. The SATA version is a straight pass-through only.
My apologies for the confusion.
I called Apricorn tech support to confirm that information, and while we were talking, I asked about the hard drive capacity. I was told that they have tested 750GB hard drives in the SATA enclosures, and it handled them with no problems. They have not tested any terabyte drives at this time.
Additionally, I asked about the SATA/USB combo enclosures and was told that the new SATA enclosures being shipped also include a USB interface. The SATA interface in those units is still pass-through only and should operate exactly as the SATA-only enclosures as long as the USB interface is not also used at the same time. Apricorn does sell some SATA-only refurbished enclosures for $29.
I asked if there should be any problem using the "optimized for streaming media" drives in these enclosures and was told they would work fine. I also verified that only SATA drives can be used with the SATA interface. Someone else had suggested that a PATA drive could be used inside the enclosure and then connected to an eSATA port. Not so, said the Apricorn tech.
Now, since Dave has reported that preliminary indications are that external SATA capability is going to be retained with Navigator, I am asking Santa for a 500GB Seagate DB35 hard drive, then I am going to put it inside my trusty Apricorn enclosure and see how well it works. I trust that cuzzin will be reporting on his experience with the Maxtor QuickView/Apricorn combination in the near future.