I have several external USB hard drives for multiple backups. Of course hard discs are getting bigger every year – as do the files from digital cameras.
So I was wondering if I could just swap the “old” discs for new, bigger, more efficient and more silent ones.
The short answer is: Yes, you can but there are some limits.
I have bought a Seagate Barracuda ST2000DL003 (2TB, SATA) – very silent and doesn’t get too warm even after transfering 100GB+.
I wanted to replace the 500GB drive from a Western Digital Elements WD5000C035-000 but it doesn’t seem to work. I then tried to replace the 1TB drive from the WD10000E035 and it works! The 1TB WD drive also works as a replacement for the 500GB drive so everything went well.
2 TB Seagate SATA drive works fine in a WD10000E035 but NOT in a WD5000C035 case
1TB WD Caviar Green works in a WD5000C035 case
I would be interested in reports about other “upgrades” because I didn’t find anything on this topic on the web.