Antec MX-1 Enclosure not certified for 1TB

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mchiles, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. mchiles

    mchiles Member

    Jul 13, 2007


    Has anyone tried the Antec MX-1 Enclosure with a Hitachi 1TB (1000GB) hard drive??

    The specs on the Antec MX-1 says it is for drives up to 750GB. I called Antec and they said they are only certified the enclosure for use with hard drives up to 750GB.

    If the Antec MX-1 Enclosure does not work with the 1TB Hitachi hard drives, does anyone have ideas as to a good and proven hard drive enclosure with a quiet fan and a 'hard' power switch that will work with a 1TB hard drive as an external drive to an S3??



    S3 - 250GB
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  2. jlib

    jlib Lean Forward

    Nov 21, 2002
    It is not certified with 1TB drives because there were none to certify it with when the Antec MX-1 was released. Users with the new Hitachi drives have reported no specific problems.
  3. BruceShultes

    BruceShultes Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Albany, NY
    I have been using a Hitachi Deskstar 1TB drive with an MX-1 for about a month now.

    Everything seems to work fine, except for three GSOD.

    I suspect these were caused be either power problems in my area or a few bad sectors on the drive.
  4. Justin Thyme

    Justin Thyme Contra sceleris

    Mar 29, 2005
    This is only speculation, but I don't see why anything would need to be tested. The only circuitry that is there in addition to the drive is for the USB connector, and you aren't using that. You just have one eSata drive and the signal is getting passed to the S3 as an eSata. All this enclosure is doing is providing power, cooling and a pretty light show.
  5. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002


    I'm in with the other comments, they couldn't "certify it" because when they were releasing it 1TB units didn't exist.

    And as soon as you "certify" something, that implies a certain level of support and warranty support that doesn't exist when something isn't certified.

    "not-certified" doesn't mean "doesn't work" it means "don't call us if it doesn't work" :-D

  6. sommerfeld

    sommerfeld Lucky (?) 200 member

    Feb 26, 2006
    You might think that, and you're probably even right in this instance, but every so often people who make exactly that sort of assumption get burned.
    Note that 2^40 bytes (a "real" terabyte) is 2^31 512-byte blocks. I've run into enough signed vs unsigned bugs to worry any time you get near that sort of threshold.
    Could be that the microscopic microcontroller in the enclosure doing the USB-to-ATA conversion has a spaz attack when it sees a disk that big or is asked to read or write blocks near the end of the disk. Maybe that chip is out of the picture completely when you're using the disk via ESATA. Maybe it isn't. Only way to know for sure is for someone to go first... Are you feeling lucky?

    Maybe the 1TB disk will work (since 10^12 is a bit less than 2^40), but the next size up might not.

    If it hasn't been tested, it doesn't work.

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