Originally Posted by HaloBox http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16817145660http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produ...ctCode=100600-1http://www.satacables.com/html/sata...nal_cables.html
FYI, the Hitachi drive I received appears to be defective. I have tried it with my laptop in the enclosure above (via USB 2.0), with my Dell PC via SATA (directly and via the enclosure), and of course connected to the SA 8300.
I cannot partition and format the drive from my laptop or Dell PC. The SA 8300 detects the drive but won't format and add it to the system.
So now I get to ship the drive back to zipzoomfly.com and let them ship me another drive. I'm guessing that will take 2-3 weeks considering they are going to test the drive and apparently don't plan to ship me one straight away.
The enclosure fan is almost silent. The drive I have is also whisper quiet, but considering it isn't working, who cares.
I received the replacement 500gig Hitachi drive Friday. I had problems with it in the enclosure as well. So, I decided to take a different approach. I backed up one of my machines with Ghost 9 since it has a 300gig Maxtor SATA as drive c:. I pulled the drive and replaced it with the 500gig Hitachi and ran the restore. It runs flawlessly there.
After verification of my data, apps, mce shell works, etc., I dropped the 300gig drive in the enclosure and started running some tests. It worked flawlessly in my USB tests so I powered the SA 8300 down and connected it.
It formatted the 300gig drive and has been working nicely for about eight hours now. I recorded several HD programs. Right now, I'm recording two HD programs and watching a recorded HD program.
I think the problems I encountered were two fold. First of all, I think the external hard drive case referenced above may be limited to <400gig drives. I thought initially they just didn't bother to update the docs and marketing after the 500gig drives came out. In this cases case, it may be true. the 500gig drive would not work, and the 300gig does.
Second, it could also have been the SA 8300 didn't like the 500gig drive due the reasons previously described in this thread. It's hard to tell.
At this point, I got another 200gig upgrade to my PC, and a 300gig upgrade to my HD DVR so I'm happy they both work. For those of you planning a 500gig solution, I'd probably steer clear of this case. It's a really nice case for the price but I wanted to warn you about the possible capacity limit.