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    Adding external hard drives

    How many external hard drives can I add. I have 17 external drives now, using letters up to and including "Z." Can I add more and if so, how many? Thank you.

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    tpdl,

    Welcome to the lounge as a poster.

    You can add as many as you have ports & power for. If you're using USB each hub can handle upto 256 I believe. You major problem here is power. You'll need to use powered hubs and depending on how much power the hub provides to each port and what the drives draw will be your limiting factor per hub. If you're using NAS {Network Attached Storage} it will depend on your NAS enclosures and ports on your router. With USB you're limited to about 22 drives since they need drive letters and A-D are taken {although some machines allow you to use A & B if you have no floppy}. C: is your system internal drive & D: is your DVD/CD drive. With NAS you can pretty much use as many as your hardware will allow if you access them via UNC {Uniform Naming Convention}, e.g. \\WD-NetCenter\Shared Folders\... etc. I hope this helps.
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    Thank you. I appreciate the response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpdl View Post
    How many external hard drives can I add. I have 17 external drives now, using letters up to and including "Z." Can I add more and if so, how many? Thank you.
    Why Externals
    Buy a larger harddrive i.e. tetrabyte

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    I now use 2TB and 3TB drives.
    Thank you

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