Posts Tagged ‘Western Digital’

Upgrading external hard drives

September 8th, 2011

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.


In short:

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.