Flying Fox wrote:
Did you ever use AF drives as internal instead of in enclosures with USB? Conversely, did you ever take those 5+ years old drives and try them in those enclosures? USB enclosures are not designed to long term connectedness. If you do then you should have been using the internal connections anyway.
There should be no limits, especially with the NTFS mounting points that cheesyking mentioned.
Hz so good wrote:
IIRC, XP limits network drives to 10, but I'm not sure about physical drives. I imagine you'd run out of power or swamp the controllers before reaching a limit in the OS.
I only heard about 10 network connections, not 10 mapped network drives (that is outgoing connection not incoming anyway).
Yes and yes. Why and do you mean retail displays of EE or home use? My home use seems to not have covers on to better assist in cooling. Back in the day of Dells, you were limited by physical space for drives, so some of the drives were put into them for practical reasons - I mean, I don't think they had gotten to 500 GB drives before I upgraded . Antec cases and Asus followed by Gigabyte mobo's eventually came back to space - a couple of times - and besides, by the time I progressed to those, some of the drives in the EEs weren't new. But one reason for them is I went awhile keeping the FAT32 format before finally realizing NTFS really did save data when the system locked. Which is also a reason for the EEs: when the system froze, you could disconnect/turn it off without having to reboot the whole system and sometimes save the time and everything else.
I prefer to have my drives internal, but sometimes due to haste/uncertainty to how easy the install will go/need for some mobility, I'll go with a temp EE - which does sometimes last longer than originally intended.
One thing about the power is since all of my drives are retail internal in the box/barebone, when I put themin the EE, they have their on AC power supply. I've never bought a 'MyBook' or similar drive because I didn't want to be restricted to options when the drive failed.
I'm a bit curious as to what you're doing with all these drives, connected in such a fasion...
I've never had 18 drives going at once, but even when I had maybe 12, some of them were below 100 GB. Hell, for a decade, my boot drive was 16 GB. And sometimes, you don't realize a drive has died until you really start examing the system.
USB ports are goofy.
Also, I'm sure that the actual number (just my speculation) that Windows can support connected locally is somewhere along the lines of a whole fricken' lot.
My belief as well...