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Swapping HD's in the same external enclosure.

Shrikery

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Hey all.
I just got myself an 4TB external HD and i'm wondering if i would i have much luck in replacing the 1.5TB drive in an older Verbatim external enclosure with the new 4TB so that i could put the Verbatim drive internally into a new PC build? I'm being picky really, as i like the Verbatim enclosure because it has a good on/off button on the case.
 

Elixer

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Maybe.
Depends on the controller they used, some of them won't work with bigger HDs.
 

corkyg

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As long as your PC can handle 4tb drives, it should make no difference. I think my Vantec external case is on its 3rd upgraded HDD.
 

Shrikery

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To be clear, i'm talking about 2 separate external hard drives rather than a swapable external drive enclosure.
I think i'll just transfer the data on the older 1.5TB onto one of the other externals and put that drive into the PC without any external swapping.
 

Dahak

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As Elixer said, depending on the controller in the Verbatim enclosure, it could be that it is too old to properly detect the full size.
I would say also depending on the external hdd it might be a usb only connector on the drive but those are usually on the laptop size portable drives
 

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